1 They seemed older than the marble of the Temple of the World Council.
2 You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you.
3 The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so.
4 We walked to the dais, and our legs did not tremble, and we looked up at the Council.
5 There were five members of the Council, three of the male gender and two of the female.
6 The Council of Vocations came on the first day of spring, and they sat in the great hall.
7 And we looked straight into the eyes of the Council, but their eyes were as cold blue glass buttons.
8 And the Council of Vocations sat on a high dais, and they had but two words to speak to each of the Students.
9 But the Council of Scholars has said that there are no mysteries, and the Council of Scholars knows all things.
10 The Council of the Home told us so, and of all the children of that year, we were locked in the cellar most often.
11 Now if the Council has said "Carpenter" or "Cook," the Students so assigned go to work and they do not study any further.
12 We felt the cords of our neck grow tight as our head rose higher to look upon the faces of the Council, and we were happy.
13 There is a sundial in its courtyard, by which the Council of the Home can tell the hours of the day and when to ring the bell.
14 And these words are the truth, for they are written on the Palace of the World Council, and the World Council is the body of all truth.
15 For the Council of Vocations knows in its great wisdom where you are needed by your brother men, better than you can know it in your unworthy little minds.
16 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.
17 And we were punished when the Council of Vocations came to give us our life Mandates which tell those who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days.
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