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The One and the Many

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Author: Stephen Marlowe (Milton Lesser)
Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,436 / 17 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,075
Added to site: 2009.11.02
mnybks.net#: 25710
Origin: gutenberg.org

Only One Question Is Eternal—What Lies Beyond the Ultimate?

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rchers, against the Onist outpost on our country's border. But the Onists had other ideas. They took me away. I had to admire their vitality, because all night we ran through the silent woodlands, and they seemed tireless. I could maintain their pace, of course: but I'm a Pluralist.

I could see their village from a long way off, its night fires glowing in the dark. It was only then that we slowed our pace. Soon we entered the place, a roughly circular area within a stockade, and my captors thrust me within a hut. I couldn't do much worrying about tomorrow, not when I was so tired. I slept.

I dreamed a stupid dream about the Onist beliefs, the beliefs of an unimaginative people who could picture one Maker and one Maker only. I must have ch

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2012.11.24
Sardo Weems
***..

A short story from 1952 dealing with a religious war between the believers in one maker, and the believers in many makers. A pluralist is captured alive by oneists and force-marched to view evidence of proof of one maker.

The writing is workmanlike and the plot moves along at a good clip. It has a twist at the end. An okay story to read.


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