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Unformatted text preview: Although this character appears only in a flashback and does not figure in the present-time action, he is an important person in the story. He is a young man whom Equality 7-2521, in his youth, witnesses being burned at the stake. The young man had re-discovered and dared to state the Unspeakable Word. The authorities had ripped his tongue from his throat, so he could speak no more. The youthful Equality 7-2521 sees that the transgressor is young and tall, with gold hair and eyes as "blue as morning." He walks to his death with a sure step. Among the shrieking masses at the public execution, his is the calmest and happiest face. As the authorities wind chains around his body, lashing him to the stake, Equality 7-2521 notices that a thread of blood runs from his mouth, but that his lips are curled in a smile. The young Equality 7-2521 experiences a thought then that, but that his lips are curled in a smile....
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- Fall '09