By Titus Burckhardt
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Marshall demands, his voice breaking across Mr Poll’s. Looking up from the corpse Mr Poll pauses. ’ Marshall replies, less certainly this time. Mr Poll stares at him, letting the moment play out at his expense. Charles has set down his scalpel. ’ With a sideways look he surveys his audience. ‘And where do you think this soul might have its seat? ’ he asks, tapping the bisected heart with one finger. Lifting his pale eyes he gazes at Marshall. ‘No? ’ he suggests, scooping up the brain from the dish in which it lies.
I cannot say,’ he says. ’ At last, laughter breaks out, unrestrained and contemptuous. In deference to this appreciation Mr Poll inclines his head, then, knowing better than to let the scene outplay itself, he lifts a hand for silence. Almost at once the laughter dies away, leaving an uneasy quiet. Setting down the brain, Mr Poll wipes his hand upon his apron, then with a showman’s poise produces a vial. ’ Next he takes his notebook and sets it down where the students may see. ‘Emptied thus upon a sheet of paper they are inert, their arrangement determined by the accidents of chance.
There is only porridge, and tea, or sometimes bread and milk, but it is enough, for in it we have conversation, and laughter, both coming freely and easily. Of what we speak it would be hard to say – little of any consequence, I am sure – the business of the house and our neighbours, the gossip of the marketplace. Sometimes Mrs Gunn, who has a habit of forming attachments to patients she has glimpsed or whose names she has heard out of all proportion to her contact with them, converses of these poor souls as if they were close acquaintances of all present, offering homilies and advice directed to their happiness, a habit which will often bring Robert and me to tears of hilarity.