NOTE: The professor is quite proud. Have you noticed that I destroyed the smileys? They no longer work.
And I said what I thought—which is always a good practice: “I’m not sure what would live in there, really.”
Merlin didn’t like this professor’s answer. “Boy, how horribly dull-minded of you! I’m beginning to think you lack discriminating wit.” (In the PL, discriminating wit equals brain power.)
I looked towards the cave again. Here it is, by the way:
“Perhaps some polar bears live in there?” I tried.
Merlin looked astounded. “Polar bears don’t live in caves. Especially those kind of caves!”
The professor didn’t really believe Merlin. He’s not…an overly good source for information, you know.
“Guess again,” Merlin prodded. “Guess what lives in that cave.”
The professor thought hard—and I don’t do that sort of thing often. “Penguins?”
“NO, BOY! Use your head!”
Merlin shook his head. He seemed disappointed.
“Then what?” I asked. “I must needs know what lives in there!”
Merlin met my eyes. “Nothing.”
“Nothing? Goodness. What a worthless exercise.”
“Not at all,” Merlin countered. “It’s a mind exercise.”
“Well it just killed mine.”
PF, do you suppose anything lives in there?