1 But we think that the Council of Scholars is blind.
2 So we wished to be sent to the Home of the Scholars.
3 We have solved secrets of which the Scholars have no knowledge.
4 In a month, the World Council of Scholars is to meet in our City.
5 Manuscripts are rare and they are kept in the Home of the Scholars.
6 And if we went to the Home of the Scholars, we could learn from these also.
7 There is so much work ahead for all of us, for all the Scholars of the world.
8 We have stolen glass vials and powders and acids from the Home of the Scholars.
9 They will explain it to the Council of Vocations, and we shall be assigned to the Home of the Scholars.
10 No single one can possess greater wisdom than the many Scholars who are elected by all men for their wisdom.
11 But the Council of Scholars has said that there are no mysteries, and the Council of Scholars knows all things.
12 To find these things, the Scholars must study the earth and learn from the rivers, from the sands, from the winds and the rocks.
13 The Council of Scholars has said that we all know the things which exist and therefore the things which are not known by all do not exist.
14 We need all our time, we need the work rooms of the Home of the Scholars, we want the help of our brother Scholars and their wisdom joined to ours.
15 And when we cleaned the yard of the Home of the Scholars, we gathered the glass vials, the pieces of metal, the dried bones which they had discarded.
16 All the great modern inventions come from the Home of the Scholars, such as the newest one, which was found only a hundred years ago, of how to make candles from wax and string; also, how to make glass, which is put in our windows to protect us from the rain.
17 It makes the needle move and turn on the compass which we stole from the Home of the Scholars; but we had been taught, when still a child, that the loadstone points to the north and that this is a law which nothing can change; yet our new power defies all laws.
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