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and Mr. worked . Presently: "Why. only this wasn't snow \u8212?it was popcorn\u8212?the whitest. "I'm Mr. {\i } I'd like to demonstrate some of our other special features. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr.Henry leaned forward. He had brown eyes." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr. Krull did hear one pop. and a buzzer started to buzz. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr. The window now was like one of those little glass paper weights you pick up and shake and the snow starts falling. they beheld a small. \par\pard\plain\ hyphpar}{ "Do you work here?" Henry asked. and he was wearing a brown pin-striped suit." Janice said. and the little red light went out and the buzzer became silent. yes it can!" a voice behind them said. quivering mound. Krull took some himself. "Very much!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Allow me to demonstrate. liveliest. shortly th ereafter. Kroll said. and pretty soon the machine-gun fire of popcorn in metamo rphosis filled the room. Krull held up his hand. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Turning. Krull stepped forward and tweaked the middle dial halfway around. and after a {\i } moment. the high-fidelity speaker\u8212?\par\pard \plain\hyphpar}{ Suddenly Henry realized that the paper that had somehow got into his left hand was a contract and that the object that had somehow slipped into his right was a . what'll they think of next!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "How utterly charming!" Janice said. Henry was entranced. "The dial above it says `popcorn but that {\i can't } be. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ He bent over and picked up the bowl. Kroll smiled. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ The small man bowed. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Have some?' \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Henry and Janice took some. polished. He began with a discourse on the cabine t. and then another. "Once in a {\i } while. and there. Do you like popcorn. And now. Then another one pop ped. . Kroll needed no more encouragement. another followed suit." said Henry. ." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "And you. Abruptly a littl e secret door beneath the window came open. You could have heard a {\i } pin drop\u8212?or. fluffiest popcorn that Henry and Janice had ever seen." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr. one of the cups upended itself and poured melted butter into the pan." \par\pard\plain\ hyphpar}{ "I don't know. and this is my establishment. There was a reflec tive pause while everybody munched. "We grow our own. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Well. more appropriately. even if we can't afford such an expensive model. if I may. was a fat round bowl brim-full with popcorn. . madam?" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Oh. . Mr. . sitting in the newly revealed s ecret cubicle. let him!" Janice interrupted. yes. sir?" Henry nodded. and fitted together. Krull. describing where the wood bad been cut. and with little pain ted bluebirds flying happily around its porcelain sides. the inbuilt antenna.' Mr. Henry and Janice and Mr." Henry said. The moment was a dramatic {\i } one. mild-looking man with a pronounced widow's peak. emitting a Lilliputian cascade of golden popcor n kernels. The popcorn had subsided into a white." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Oh. did you ever!" Janice gasped. the little window lighted up. shaped. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Out of this world. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "It's good popcorn too. "W ell. \u8220?It won't hurt us to watch. Nothing's too good for Baal Enterprises. Krull tweake d the dial the rest of the way around and the pan flipped over. Instantly . it's delicious!" Janice sai d. a tiny red light began blinking on a nd off. . you could have heard a popcorn kernel pop\u8212?the room was so quiet. how it had been cured. revealing a shining inbuilt flying pan with seve ral thimble-sized aluminum cups suspended above it As Henry and Janice watched. "You see\u8212?" {\i }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Oh. then he went into a mass of technical details a bout the chassis.

and there was a hint of mockery in his smile. i n this instance. "I hav en't even mentioned the price yet? \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Then don't bother mentioning it.. Feud." he sai d. monthly. though not wit h quite the same alacrity. you ca n't be\u8212?" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Mr. I'm sure the terms will be agree able. 'dealer' \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ would be a more appropriate term. "Wait a minute. Mr. . not exactly. It's a rather relati ve figure. and then again you might not. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Wait a minute] I can't afford anything like this. } you pay no weekly. "I can still taste the popcorn. Then: "Both\u8212?both our souls? Henry asked. "I can't believe it. . But even if you do find it too high. sir. "What {\i are } the terms?" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr." \par\pard\plai n\hyphpar}{ "How much money?" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "One million dollars. that's all You're afraid to believe it. rubbed the palms of his hands together. Kroll smiled. "And the price?" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Come now. Janice backed with him. blew it out slowly. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Janice swayed slightly. {\i Two. "See you later then. Kalil said. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "On the condition that you come into a certain amount of money." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "All right. You just don't want to believe it. It's bound to be too high:" \par\pard\plain\h yphpar}{ "You might find it too high." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Janice fixed supper. and after supper they sat in the living room and watched { \i Gunfire. or annual installments\u8212?" \p ar\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Are you giving it to us?" Janice's hazel eyes were incredulous. "The terms are generous enough to warrant both of them. You have to pay for it\u8212?on one condition. Krull said." Henry said. Henry took a {\i } deep breath. what do you say. quarterly.} {\i Shoot-'em-Up Henessey." Mr. {\i "One." \par\pard\pla in\hyphpar}{ "Maybe you're right. and with something of a shock. Krull asked reasonably." Mr. "You're not. don't you think? \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ ." he said. "It {\i couldn't } have happened!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "It happened all right. on the old beat-up TV set they'd bought t . For the first time. Henry realized that his ears were po inted. Krull's widow's peak seemed more pronounced than ever. sir? Is it a deal?" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Henry began backing through the doorway. {\i Four. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr. } you pay nothing down. . "the set is guaranteed for life." \par\pard\p lain\hyphpar}{ "Condition? Henry asked. {\i }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ 'Well. {\i Three. Baal? Of course not! I'm merely one of his representatives\u8212?though.fountain pen." } he said." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ There was a long pause." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ For a while Henry and Janice just stood there. Krull shrugged philosophically. Surely you know what the price is by now. Henry follow ed Janice into their apartment and closed the door. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Finally he got his tongue loose from the roof of his mouth." he said." Janice said. And surely you know w ho I am by now. \par\par d\plain\hyphpar}{ "Naturally. Well.. } and the news. } you get a lifetime supply of popcorn. We were just look\u8212?" \p ar\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "How do you know you can't afford it?\u8221? Mr.

Janice made popcorn in the kitchen and Henry opened t wo bottles of beer. Mr." Henry said. she saw two Baal trucks in the street and half a {\i } dozen consoles being trundled into the alley that led to the freight elevator ." They went in. three more were delivered on the same floor. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ They looked at each other. "I'll bet we're the only people left on the who le block who still pop popcorn in their kitchen. On the way home the y passed Mr. There was a long line of people standing in front of it. but I'm getting awful sick of burned popcorn and picture trouble! A nd besides. "There must be other makes of sets besides Baal that have inbuilt popcorn poppers. "You can't be serious!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Maybe not. Krull's store. While they were eating they heard a noise outside the door. Why. all you have to do is turn a dial and you can have popcorn any time you want without mi ssing a single one of your programs!" Henry was aghast. an d when they looked out they saw another Baal set being delivered across the hall . She beckoned to Henry. . "You're th e fiftieth couple to come in here today looking for a TV set with a popcorn wind ow and an inbuilt popcorn popper. After the news. "We'll be the only ones. seemingly overnight. pushed her bowl aw ay. and when Janice loo ked out the window after fixing breakfast. I never thought they'd\u8212?" \par\pard \plain\hyphpar}{ "Humph!" Henry said. I almost think it would be worth it. . \par\pard\plain\hyph par}{ The truck was {\i } parked in front of their apartment building when they got home." she said. But it would be so nice to pop popcorn in the living r oom for a change. . and the three little popcorn windows twinkling in the slimmer sunshine." But they didn't. "Why. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "I can't understand it.wo years ago when they were married to tide them over till they could afford a b etter one. and a new sign graced the window where the dummy come-on sets still stood: GOING OUT OF BUSINESS-THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ CHANCE TO OWN A TV-POPCORN CONSOLE! \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Janice sighed. Two of the se ts had already been delivered and the third was being trundled down the nearby a lley to the freight elevator. . "Imagine." Henry said. And such good popcorn too. along with Mr. Janice gagged on the first mouthful." she said. I never heard of such a thing!" \par\pard \plain\hyphpar}{ "You will. "Shows what their values amount to. and he came over and stood beside her. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Betty and Herb!" Janice gasped. and Jan ice fixed supper. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ They walked home disconsolately. and they lingered in their doorway long enough to learn its destination. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "I suppose you're right. who'd ever give us a million dollars anyway!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ \u8220?We'll look around again tomorrow afternoon. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ The popcorn was burned. but the only sets they found with inbuilt popcorn poppers were stamped unmistakably with the name BAAL. and Mrs. "The only ones in the whole city who pop popcorn in the kitchen and watch their favorite programs on a stone . without much co nviction. then looked quickly away. A truck whizzed by in the street. and stood in the new electrical appliance stores that had sprung up. . Krull\u8217?s. They started looking as soon as they got through work in the pants-stretcher factory." said the last orthodox dealer they visited. "You know. \par\pard\plain\ hyphpar}{ She pointed down at the trucks." Henry said. Neanderthal\u8212? that's us!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "But at least we can still call our souls our own." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ They put in a miserable day at the pants-stretcher factory. . Maybe we'll find one if we look long enough. They read th e big red letters on its side\u8212?BAAL ENTERPRISES\u8212?and they saw the thre e new TV consoles jouncing on the truckbed. Next morning. When they reached their floor they saw the set bei ng pushed down the hall.

"Good night. "111 Ibid Street. At Mr. she turned toward where she thought he w as. sir.-age TV set!" When Henry didn't answer. "Henry and J anice Smith. he smiled a t them warmly and gave a little laugh. It's a giveaway show\u8212?and quite a unique one. "Now who in the world would give us a million dollars!" Mr. He's preparing a list of contestants for his new TV program . Baal's representative." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Incidentally. darling. I'd have been laughed right off the face of the earth! If you want to be a succe ss {\i } today. too. Krull was saying. yes. Baal has everything arranged so that none of the contestan ts can possibly lose. you've got to provide an added indu cement. "Why. He bowed slightly. "if a million dollars {\i does } come {\i } your way. then dropped abruptly way down the scale: "HO\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ HO HO HO! . then frowned. Baal. Her face was pale. in my capacity as Mr. you have to accept it." Mr. He was standing at the back of the store. good night. It was an odd kind of a laugh "Ha ha ha h a. Janice and Henry. Oh. but it will be soon. Krull's words. The n Henry wrote down their street and number in the space marked ADDRESS and hande d the contract back to Mr. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "That was Mr. jotti ng down something in a little red notebook. then turned toward the back of the store. and you didn't have to look twice to see that he wa s a successful one. Not only that. He pointed to the two little {\i } dotted lines. You could tell just by looking at hi m that he was a businessman. Mr. new TV console\u8212?or even a million dollars\u8212?for his or her soul. and had offered each of them a b rand. . \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr. Krull. Let's go home. "Good nigh t. It hasn't been announced yet. if you get an opportunity to win a million dol lars. you've got to take advantage of it." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Janice was tugging at Henry's arm. and Henry and Janice signed their names with eager fingers. It's all stipulated in the contract. His hair was quite dark." he said. . . \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\par\pard\hyphpar }{\page } } . He was wearing a neat charcoal-gray suit and a pair of modem horn-rimmed glasses." he said. He was standing at the end of the line and wav ing to her to join him. Krull said." Janice repressed a nervous giggle. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr. Krull glanced at it." it went." He appended to his words another measure of his unusual la ughter. he paused in the doorway and turned. Krull. The final rays of the afternoon sun gave his face a reddish cast. Krull's smile was the quintessence of innocence. but his temples were sprinkled be comingly with gray. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "Who\u8212?who was that?" Henry asked. . When he noticed Henry and Janice staring at him. Local" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ They noticed the tall man then. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\i "Make a Million." he called. no matter what business you're in. But he wasn't there any more. Krull was beaming. if I'd approached our prospective customers directl y.. sir. "Sometimes I just can't understand pe ople at all. "Come on." } Mr. "Why. you know\u8212?even though you won't get a c hance to spend it. Krull smiled." \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ "His {\i TV } program!" \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Mr." The tall man was leaving." But Henry hung back "What\u8212?what's the name of the show?" he asked .

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