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need and want. You know, there is a phrase I once picked up; I don'tknow where it comes from; something about the pursuit ofhappiness."Baley said thoughtfully, "All men are 'endowed by their Creatorwith certain unalienable rights. . . among these are life, liberty, andthe pursuit of happiness.""You've hit it. Where's that from?""Some old document," said Baley."Do you see how that is changed here on Solaria and eventuallyin all the Galaxy? The pursuit will be over. The rights mankind will beheir to will be life, liberty, and happiness. Just that. Happiness."Baley said dryly, "Maybe so, but a man has been killed on yourSolaria and another may yet die."He felt regret almost the moment he spoke, for the expressionon Quemot's face was as though he had been struck with an openpalm. The old man's head bowed. He said without looking up, "I haveanswered your questions as well as I could. Is there anything else youwish?""I have enough. Thank you, sir. I am sorry to have intruded onyour grief at your friend's death."Quemot looked up slowly. "It will be hard to find another chesspartner. He kept our appointments most punctually and he played anextraordinarily even game. He was a good Solarian.""I understand," said Baley softly. "May I have your permissionto use your viewer to make contact with the next person I must see?""Of course," said Quemot. "My robots are yours. And now I willClick here to buyABBYYPDFTransformer2.0www.ABBYY.comClick here to buyABBYYPDFTransformer2.0www.ABBYY.com
leave you. Done viewing."A robot was at Baley's side within thirty seconds of Quemot'sdisappearance and Baley wondered once again how these creatureswere managed. He had seen Quemot's fingers move toward a contactas he had left and that was all.Perhaps the signal was quite a generalized one, saying only, "Doyour duty!" Perhaps robots listened to all that went on and werealways aware of what a human might desire at any given moment, andif the particular robot was not designed for a particular job in eithermind or body, the radio web that united all robots went into actionand the correct robot was spurred into action.For a moment Baley had the vision of Solaria as a robotic netwith holes that were small and continually growing smaller, witheveryhuman being caught neatly in place. He thought of Quemot's pictureof worlds turning into Solarias; of nets forming and tightening evenon Earth, until- His thoughts were disrupted as the robot who hadentered spoke with the quiet and even respect of the machine. "I amready to help you, master."Baley said, "Do you know how to reach the place where RikaineDelmarre once worked?""Yes, master."Baley shrugged. He would never teach himself to avoid askinguseless questions. The robots knew. Period. It occurred to him that, tohandle robots with true efficiency, one must needs be expert, a sort ofroboticist. How well did the average Solarian do, he wondered?

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