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They were not thoughts that he liked, conclusions that fitted the facts but were alien to all his beliefs… more, they were alien to his disbeliefs. He pondered for a few moments before he spoke. 'Granting such a metamorphosis, which I don't… it seems obvious. A creature, a beast running on all fours suddenly undergoes a transformation. It becomes a creature that walks on two legs. Such a change would certainly have the strongest possible side effects. Perhaps even unconsciousness. And then, after a while, the creature, the changed creature, would stagger off in a stupor, perhaps not remembering how he had come to this place or suffering unbelievable horror and remorse.

If people knew what lurks down there, well pretty soon no one would become a miner, see. They're bloody clever, those mine owners. ' Grant stared intensely at Rose. Rose wriggled free from his hands. ' 'Where else could it come from? Eh? Where else? It figures, don't it? We dig down there, and pretty soon they were bound to start coming up here. And there are thousands of 'em, too. ' Grant smiled crookedly. He had said enough for one beer. He went back to his table without reply. 'You don't want to take no notice of him,' Bruce said.

He took a second swallow and the door opened. Byron came in. 'Saw the car down the road,' he said. He had a heavy walking stick and a tweed cap. He walked over to the bar and stood beside Wetherby. Bell turned slightly away. ' Byron asked. Wetherby saw Bell tense. ' Byron nodded. Bell doused his anger with beer. ' Byron asked. 'Some. ' 'No? That's a shame. ' Wetherby said. Byron smiled. He ordered a beer and leaned his stick against the bar. Bruce slid the beer over. 'You're welcome to try,' Bell said.

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