“آثار أقدام الدب أكثر إفزاعًا من الدب نفسه”
مثل روسي لم يسمع به الروس من قبل لأنه من تأليف رفعت إسماعيل.
لحظة جذبته المُولِّدة من قدميه النحيلتين إلى الحياة، وخرج من بطن أمه جسدًا رخوًا، شبهَ مكتملٍ، نصفَ حيٍّ، له ملمس قِرْبة جلديّة مملوءة بماء ساخن، دمدمت ممتعضة:
لكنه لم يكن بدرًا منورًا ولا منطفئاً حتى، وإنّما طبيعة المهنة هي التي عودت المُولّدة على مجاملة الأمهات، حتى ولو كان أولادهنّ بقبح الولد الذي بين يديها.
لُفّ المولود بمنشفة نظيفة، وَوُضِعَ في حضن أمه.
عندما كشفت الأم وجهه لتلقمه ثديها، امتعضت هي الأخرى، واشتكت للأب بحسرة:
“انظر إليه، رأسه صغيرة وسوداء، تشبه حبة قلقاس.”
Blessed is he who lays a flower on a tomb or a palace or a breast, is he who is born in the seventh month or the twelfth, is the throat become gorge, is he who slaughters his only horse out of kindness. Blessed is he who sinks to his knees pleading forgiveness or overcome with lust, is he who bears a cross upon his back, is he who boils a porridge of cement to hoodwink his children’s hunger, is the sniffer become snout, is the time when a wife could gather together the pieces of her helpmeet’s corpse and he would live, are the truths cowering in the crevices of falsehood, is the nation that feeds on the chatter of the worthless, is the nation that feeds on the prattling of the powerful, is the gulp become gullet. Blessed is he who fashions an ear from clay and an ear from dough until his head is severed, is a sun that still rises in the East, is a star that shines through on a cloudy day. Blessed be this tale, which would not have be told of Mustajab VII were it not for that incident, revealed to the world by a wordsmith whose father laboured as a screenwriter, wherein Mustajab VII secretly murdered Mustajab VI, sold his body to students studying dissection and with the proceeds erected a sumptious pavilion replete with dazzling lights and microphones that resounded with proverbial wisdom, to outfox foes and keep in remembrance the glorious exploits of Clan Mustajab, ancient and modern, then stood at its entrance to receive the sincerest of condolences. This is a slander against the man, which lays the very heart of truth to waste and strikes at the crux of our tale, the point at which it joins with what took place thereafter, for which reason we set over this incident an upturned water jar, and kept it hid.