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Excerpt: hey reach

their fifteenth year. Then they go to work.

In the Home of the Students we arose when

the big bell rang in the tower and we went

to our beds when it rang again. Before we

removed our garments, we stood in the

great sleeping hall, and we raised our right

arms, and we said all together with the

three Teachers at the head:

"We are nothing. Mankind is all. By the grace

of our brothers are we allowed our lives.

We exist through, by and for our brothers

who are the State. Amen."

Then we slept. The sleeping halls were white

and clean and bare of all things save one hundred beds.

We, Equality 7-2521, were not happy in

those years in the Home of the Students.

It was not that the learning was too hard

for us. It was that the learning was too easy.

This is a great sin, to be born with a

head which is too quick. It is not good

to be different from our brothers, but it

is evil to be superior to them. The Teachers

told us so, and they frowned when they looked upon us.

So we fought against thi