The Cause of the Delay in the Falling of the Ship Karnak

“Don’t you remember he said recently ‘we must not oppose forces higher than our own’ and added that not only one must not oppose them, but even submit and receive all their results with reverence, at the same time praising and glorifying the wonderful and providential works of Our Lord Creator?

“I am not glad because of the misadventure but because an unforeseen event issuing from above has occurred, owing to which we shall be able to listen once more to the tales of my dear grandfather.

“Is it my fault that the circumstances are by chance most desirable and happy for me?

“No, dear Ahoon, not only should you not rebuke me, but you should join me in expressing gratitude to the source of all beneficent results that arise.”

All this time Beelzebub listened attentively and with a smile to the chatter of his favorite, and when he had finished said:

“You are right, dear Hassein, and for being right I will tell you, even before the captain’s arrival, anything you like.”

Upon hearing this, the boy at once ran and sat at the feet of Beelzebub and after thinking a little said:

“My dear Grandfather, you have told me so much about the solar system where you spent so many years, that now perhaps I could continue just by logic alone to describe the details of the nature of that peculiar corner of our Universe.

“But I am curious to know whether there dwell three-brained beings on the planets of that solar system and whether higher ‘being-bodies’ are coated in them.

“Please tell me now about just this, dear Grandfather,” concluded Hassein, looking affectionately up at Beelzebub.

“Yes,” replied Beelzebub, “on almost all the planets of that solar system also, three-brained beings dwell, and in almost all of them higher being-bodies can be coated.