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...4th, and saw that the staple of the bolt had been wrested by the pin from the lintel, I jumped at once to the conclusion that I had broken the bolt. Now I admit that this was so, only in things like this you do not seem to _conclude_, you jump so fast that you _see_, or seem to. On the other hand, when you _see_ a _standing_ ring of fire produced by whirling a burning stick, you do _not_ believe in its continuous existence. It is the same when witnessing a legerdemain performance.Seeing is not always believing.despite the proverb; but believing is often seeing. It is not to the point that in that little matter of the door Wimp was as hopelessly and incurably wrong as he has been in everything all along. The door _was_ securely bolted. Still I confess that I should have seen that I had broken the bolt in forcing the door, even if it had been broken beforehand. Never once since December 4th did this possibility occur to me, till Wimp with perverted ingenuity suggested it. If this is the case... Serling, Rod
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