I don't care a tinker's damn about this eclipse of the sun as such; the evening papers will cane it, it'll be dead by tomorrow morning. But what I do care about is why there was an eclipse of the sun ten days before it was due. Bill, this is your department.
I don't know why everybody regards me as Nostradamus. Your guess is as good as mine.
Yes, but I don't want guesses, I want facts. Try someone on top. Sir John Kelly....
Stenning got in to see Kelly.
He had twenty-eight armed guards around him.
Yes, but what did he say?
He wouldn't even say "Good night" in case it was taken as an official comment on the future of mankind.
It's the kid, isn't it?
You ought to see the way they're bringing him up, Bill. It'll be the right prep school next. And then the right boarding school. And by the time they finish with him, he'll be a right bowler-hatted, who's-for-tennis, toffee-nosed gent, but he won't be MY son.
Oh, I don't know. That bad blood of yours is bound to come out.
Sir John Kelly:
When one considers the Moon is 240,000 miles away and the Sun ninety-three million, it is an extraordinary thing that astronomers can tell with such a degree of accuracy what their movements will be many years ahead.
Now, what does that mean?
It means he doesn't know what it's all about.
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