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Chapter 3 - The puzzled Men. The Chitchat of the curious Women. The good Notion of Aora's Sister.
1. Only after a period of a quarter of a turn of a shadow (one turn of a shadow probably equals one hour - the editor) did the fathers and the others come to their senses again; but no one knew what to do now. Therefore they looked at each other quite puzzled and dumbfoundedly asked: “What is this; what happened to us, what have we done?" But upon all the dumb questions no answer followed from anywhere!
2. But from a distance the women noticed as well that something important must have happened to the men, because they acted quite mysteriously and put their heads together. Therefore, not by their weakness, but rather by their strong trait called 'curiosity' all of them were driven towards the men to overhear what has taken place.
3. While walking one of them asked her neighbor: "What do you think happened to the men?”
4. The neighbor replied with a grave looking, but nonetheless meaningless expression: "O sister! This must be something terribly extraordinary; it is definitely a miracle. If only someone could tell us what it is!"
5. Another said: "It surely has something to dow ith the very strange man!"
6. "Yes, yes", said a fourth, "the hideous person, as you know, went with the four false girls of chastity into the hut all alone! Because he feared being seen by our moral eyes when carrying on with the four, he went into the hut!"
7. A fifth said: "You're right; he's now much more relaxed there, and quite more comfortable too! At one point I also told Lamech and Hored in passing - you know how it sometimes happens: 'I do not want be a bad prophet, - but be very careful; because such a beautiful, young and heated blood does not bode well!'
8. And that's it, and the wise men who always want to shut us, the experienced women, up, know it as well!
9. No, it's just either hilarious or annoying! The magician from the south, of which I already heard quite a lot, snapped up, from right under their wise noses, those morning-pearls, as they have been called lately!
10. And now they put their heads together out of sheer fear and jealousy, and despite all their wisdom, they do not know what to do!
11. He made the strongest man among them magically made disappear, and they might not fare much better should they try to overpower him! "
12. A sixth added to it all, saying: "Yes, you certainly are right; because I've seen and heard when Enoch went to the magician to drive him away from the holy site! But the magician did not want to obey him! Enoch then sends Purista, probably to soften up the magician to magically make him disappear from the site in a counter move; only to fail and be embarrassed, Mr. Enoch! The magician then bewitched the priestess Purista at once; and then she was immediately all over the magician!"
13. Another neighbor came forward and corrected the speaker with these words: "Sister, I saw it better! Mr. Enoch only wanted to send Purista to the site; but he had hardly spoken to her regarding this before she was already bewitched, let out a scream - presumably the moment she was attacked by the magic - and then, of course, ran quite nonsensically and blindly to the magician and fell, according to his wish, into his arms!"
14. Here the previous speaker interrupted and remarked: 'Yes, yes, you're right; so it was. But what was it I wanted to say? - Yes, yes, now I know! Then the wise Mr. Enoch sent out the strong Sehel! But when he tried to forcefully pull the magician down from the hill with his hands, he magically made him disappear completely - God knows where to, and now the oxen are standing in front of the mountain, and to be honest, with all their wisdom, they still do not know what to do!"
15. Another assiduous listener of these edifying remarks added quite scornfully with a laugh: "No, but I do want to laugh at this at the top of my voice, when this quite attractive magician has swiped away those four morning-pearls, those dewy spring-roses, from the everlasting red of dawn - and God knows what other beauties - from the wise masters! I think the men could not believe their eyes regarding this!"
16. Yet another added, saying: "If only the Lord Jehovah could come now as Purista had announced Him, I would like to see the small embarrassment of the wise men!"
17. Still another said: “O, we can be sure about that - the Lord will certainly stay away now for some time! Because He certainly will never attend such a scandal, except with a glowing rod pf punishment, which would suit the magician, the four heavenly eyes and even the wise gentlemen, quite nicely!
18. The old and otherwise venerable mother Eva also seems to have grown to the men! One should never complain to her about a man, that would be the end! Just as before - one can only laugh - when Uranion’s wife complained to her, instead of receiving a comforting justification, she was instead quite nicely rebuked! And we all had to swallow our righteous anger and keep silent, like a mouse in front of a cat! No, whoever thinks of this as right must have guzzled his wisdom from some godforsaken source!"
19. Another still added to all of this: "What's wrong with the men? - O, I know the reason! They are all up to their ears in love! But the magician has now cancelled their plans; that is why they put their heads together, completely puzzled!
20. Now, how long ago is it that the ancient father Adam took the beautiful young Pura into his house and let himself be guided to the top of the hill by her - and it has even been noticed that he has kissed her!"
21. A neighbor added to this: "Well - well - now that is something new, since I have seen it with my own eyes! Not only kissed, but also cuddled, and who knows with what unexecutable thoughts! -Yes, the always right gentlemen; they cannot be trusted by our kind for as long as one can see them!"
22. But one woman from the morning, who was the youngest sister of Aora, with an age of sixty years, which was still very young for the time and still single -, walked into the center and said: "It seems to me that our talk is just like shaking empty straws to try and get bread grains from them!
23. If it were up to me I would say that you only speak with the most burning jealousy, and that all of which you accuse the men of, you are most guilty of yourself, and I would never think as such of the always wise men!
24. I dare to state most firmly that each one of us would have allowed ourselves to be bewitched by this magnificent man without the slightest demur, if onyl the man did want to enchant us.
25. But because the man has not done so for a good reason, and instead has rejected you from the hill, he must now, all of a sudden, be a vicious man! Oh, I think that's quite natural!
26. He also motioned for me to come to him; if I hadn’t been so afraid of you, I would have done it, just like my niece Purista!
27. But now all fear has left me, and I know what I'm talking about, and I have not lost my senses. But remember this well, you otherwise high mothers and sisters: When the Lord Jehovah will come - if He hasn't already come - you will be in dire straits, and who knows if the four pearls are not better off than we and all of those, by you maligned, gentlemen over there are; for I have seen a bright sheen behind the man, and who knows whether the man who has been scoffed by you is not the Lord Himself, - and if so, what will happen to you!?"
28. Thereupon all the women fell silent, and a great fear came over them.
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