1 So we carried them to the City Cesspool.
2 We shall not report our find to the City Council.
3 Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape.
4 We have seen one of such men burned alive in the square of the City.
5 Then we go to work in the streets of the City, with our brooms and our rakes.
6 The women who have been assigned to work the soil live in the Homes of the Peasants beyond the City.
7 Then the bell rings and we walk in a straight column to one of the City Halls, for the Social Meeting.
8 Then the bell rings and we walk in a straight column to the City Theatre for three hours of Social Recreation.
9 We melt strange metals, and we mix acids, and we cut open the bodies of the animals which we find in the City Cesspool.
10 And beyond the City there lies the plain, and beyond the plain, black upon the black sky, there lies the Uncharted Forest.
11 It is dark in the streets and there are no men about, for no men may walk through the City when they have no mission to walk there.
12 Where the City ends there is a great road winding off to the north, and we Street Sweepers must keep this road clean to the first milepost.
13 This is the time each spring when all the men older than twenty and all the women older than eighteen are sent for one night to the City Palace of Mating.
14 It is whispered that once or twice in a hundred years, one among the men of the City escape alone and run to the Uncharted Forest, without call or reason.
15 But if the Council has said "Leader," then those Students go into the Home of the Leaders, which is the greatest house in the City, for it has three stories.
16 We remember the Home of the Infants where we lived till we were five years old, together with all the children of the City who had been born in the same year.
17 Then visiting Leaders mount the pulpit and they read to us the speeches which were made in the City Council that day, for the City Council represents all men and all men must know.
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