By Natalie L. M. Petesch
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Corbie joked and laughed with fearful desperation, and every joke was aimed at himself. These self-flagellant bouts of merriment were followed by a horrible digust. Page 8 I felt that what he wished most of all was that some obliging visitor (myself) would strike him across the face, expressing that disdain and contempt for the identity of Bill Corbie which he himself so whole-heartedly shared. If I had done so, I felt certain he would have looked at me, tears of self-loathing welling in his eyes, and he would have murmured: "I deserve it.
When I arrived at L Building, he was still playing the same record. The apartment was a shambles. His splendid German Shepherd, Bailiff, was chained to the sink. " Because even suicides, as a final, abortive gesture will often free their dogs or open the cages for their canary. This is a very curious fact, because in such cases it seems to me they wish to bestow upon a mere animal what they themselves no longer desire: freedom. What they do want is imprisonment: imprisonment in an endless, unthinking, unfeeling and painless death.
The idea was: he could speak, couldn't he? What matter then that he no longer had anything to say? At least this is the way Vita Company looks at it. If we seem not to be entirely disinterested, if it profits the Company Page 12 to have a man live by his terrors and delusions, wellwhat is a business for? Vita Company has never represented itself as a non-profit organization, although it is true that personally I attempt to harmonize what at first sight seem to be incompatibles. But these are two severe cases, long become a part of Vita history.
After the First Death, There Is No Other by Natalie L. M. Petesch