By Demetrio Aguilera-Malta (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1461251702

ISBN-13: 9781461251705

ISBN-10: 1461295955

ISBN-13: 9781461295952

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Smiling a bare-jawed smile. -Dreamt 1 was dancing. He stopped smiling. His voice was fu nereal and dark-toned. 46 Babelandia F o u r -To what do 1 owe the honor of this vis it? Piggy Rigoletto replied: -To the kidnapping of General Jonas Pithecanthropus. -Of course, of course. But 1 have no cassettes for kidnappings. -What did you say, your Exce11ency? He carne to his fuU senses. -No. Nothing. 1 store aU information on tapes. But there's none on this subject. -That figures, your ExceUency. We've had no kidnapping for a long time.

Please! Seal your lips, Harpie. -If they ask for ransom, ignore them. -Quiet, Harpie! You're jeopardizing my position! -Let them keep him for good. We don't want to see him again. -You're endangering the Government. And he came away from the skylight, conjugating: -If he' s rescued . . 1 Iose, you Iose, he Ioses, we Iose, you Iose, they Iose! 36 Four THE Dictator could no Ionger stand. His skeleton slumped-to its fun length-on top of the desk. The high officials surrounded him like vultures awaiting their meager carrion.

Speech again jingled on his lips. -Come here, Quasimodo! Inocente stiffened to attention. His myopic Iamb' s eyes squinted under the floodlights. -TeU us what happened to the General. Inocente wasn't up to it. He lapsed into involuntary gestures. -Since 1 first met him? -No! since he left the Embassy of Great Entanglements just a while ago. -We went out the door. That is, he went out. Out the door. In the gold sedan chair, as usual. He went on until he got down from the chair. then he got in the car.

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