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There is a long silence, broken only by the cries of the vendor of sweetmeats selling her wares in the street. She moves down the street and a sleepy afternoon silence falls. It is finally broken by the sound of someone slowly, and heavily, walking down the stairs.

Do you open the door to see if it is your host, Derdolcelme?
Do you sit and wait until you are summoned?


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