By Algis Budrys
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I remember, in between going off to sleep because of the fever, Dr. Marten's voice coming pretty loud through the closed door. "Mrs. Holloway, what you're suggesting is ridiculous! " Arlene said something back – I couldn't catch it, because she was using her low voice, but it's her low voice that's the grim and practical one. A couple of times, Marten mentioned Bellevue, but he didn't mention it much. Though I do seem to remember the room going wild again when a couple of strange men in white coats tried to get to me.
Dr. Marten was back in the doorway. "Mrs. Holloway, I think it might be best if you came back here," he said, looking at me significantly. Arlene shook her head impatiently. "Mrs. " She shook her head. "I wonder what kind of bug you caught," she muttered. "Mrs. Holloway! I appreciate the fact that you love your husband, but he's potentially dangerous. Any man in sufficient delirium to hurl glasses and... and other things... at another individual, and then attempt to run him down with a bed... tear his shirt off – " he finished up with a mutter.
I wondered for a minute if these people had some way of knowing there wasn't anything in Philadelphia – not a blessed thing – but it didn't seem likely. One of the hardest things to be sure of in this world is nothing.