|To The Reader||7|
|I .||DEATH IN HIGH SOCIETY||11|
|II .||THE VALUE OF BEING SEEN||24|
|III.||NOT LONG FOR THIS EARTH||39|
|IV .||AFTER THE ARGUMENT||53|
|V .||THE QUICKER THE SLOWER||64|
|VI .||TALK WITH A GREAT MAN||73|
|VII.||WHAT WILL BE THE END OF IT ALL ?||82|
|VIII.||SAFE AT LAST||91|
* * *Paul became conscious again. He took a long time to come back. It seemed to be something to do with the rate of normal existence. Everything was working quicker inside him. He had to make his mind slower before hearing, seeing or getting clear about what took place when he was awake.
* * *Paul came back to his body in the hospital bed. He was able to put up with the pain now, because he was conscious it was not possible for it to go on for ever. He was somehow able to keep it away from his true self till the needle gave him his chance of getting free. When the woman came to his bed-side he made a request for a pencil and note-book.
* * *The medical man came to the hospital. He had such a good opinion of himself; he was so pleased that the operation had gone all right. Paul would have the use of his legs again ; of this there seemed no doubt. It was true, he said, that Paul had had to put up with much. There had been a danger -- danger that Paulís mind might give way under the very great pain. But with the help of present-day discoveries it had been possible to keep it down till he had time to get better. But now that danger was past. They had to take care, however, that Paul did not become dependent on these substances. The amounts would have to be made less. That was most important. The medical man kept on saying how important that was.