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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Anthem Author: Ayn Rand Posting Date: August 13, 2008 [EBook #1250] Release Date: March, 1998 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ANTHEM *** Produced by An Anonymous Group of Volunteers ANTHEM by Ayn Rand Chapter One It is a sin to write this.
It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see.
It is base and evil.
It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own.
And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.
We have broken the laws.
The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so.
May we be forgiven! But this is not the only sin upon us.
We have committed a greater crime, and for this crime there is no name.
What punishment awaits us if it be discovered we know not, for no such crime has come in the memory of men and there are no laws to provide for it. It is dark here.
The flame of the candle stands still in the air. Nothing moves in this tunnel save our hand on the paper.
We are alone here under the earth.
It is a fearful word, alone.
The laws say that none among men may be alone, ever and at any time, for this is the great transgression and the root of all evil.
But we have broken many laws. And now there is nothing here save our one body, and it is strange to see only two legs stretched on the ground, and on the wall before us the shadow of our one head. The walls are cracked and water runs upon them in thin threads without sound, black and glistening as blood.
We stole the candle from the larder of the Home of the Street Sweepers.
We shall be sentence...

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