that this is not practical. They don't believe in anyone's sitting down to stare at the Sphinx. "That won't get you anywhere," they tell him. "You must be up and doing. Find something that interests you, then do it, and--"
"Well, and what?" says the Russian.
"Why--er--and you'll find out as much of the Riddle in that way as any."
"And how much is that?"
"Why, not so very damn much perhaps," we answer. "But at least you'll keep sane."
[Illustration: But why stay sane?]
"Why keep sane?" says the Russian. "If there is any point to so doing I should naturally wish to. But if one can't find a meaning to anything, what is the difference?"
And the American and Englishman continue to recommend business.
When I go away for a vacation, which I don't any more, I am or was appalled at the ridiculous inconveniences of it. I have sometimes gone to the Great Mother, Nature; sometimes to hotels. Well, the Great Mother is