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The Boat

The Boat It was still raining outside. Inside, it was warm and humid. Exasperated by the oppressive humidity, one of them opened the window for a moment and then shut it immediately. “Has the rain decreased?” “No, it is still raining heavily.” “Is this the Day of Judgement?” “Allah! The rain outside is better than the hell in here.” “There isn’t much to choose between the rain outside and the oppres- sive heat in here.” “Where can we go? Everything is underwater.” “Why is it still raining?” “Because we are still alive.” “How many of us are here? We can be counted on our fingertips.” “There are also the animals.” “Perhaps that’s why it’s so oppressive in here. How difficult it is to breathe when one is shut in with animals!” “Yes. And who knows how long we’ll have to stay imprisoned in this place. There is no sign of the rain stopping. It’s been raining like this for days.” “When did it start raining?” “When?” “Yes. Can anyone remember when it started raining? How many days ago?” They tried to count the number of days. But no one could remember when it had begun to rain. Neither the day, nor http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

It was still raining outside. Inside, it was warm and humid. Exasperated by the oppressive humidity, one of them opened the window for a moment and then shut it immediately. “Has the rain decreased?” “No, it is still raining heavily.” “Is this the Day of Judgement?” “Allah! The rain outside is better than the hell in here.” “There isn’t much to choose between the rain outside and the oppres- sive heat in here.” “Where can we go? Everything is underwater.” “Why is it still raining?” “Because we are still alive.” “How many of us are here? We can be counted on our fingertips.” “There are also the animals.” “Perhaps that’s why it’s so oppressive in here. How difficult it is to breathe when one is shut in with animals!” “Yes. And who knows how long we’ll have to stay imprisoned in this place. There is no sign of the rain stopping. It’s been raining like this for days.” “When did it start raining?” “When?” “Yes. Can anyone remember when it started raining? How many days ago?” They tried to count the number of days. But no one could remember when it had begun to rain. Neither the day, nor

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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