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"THeY COUL.DN'T CA~~ THe BOOl'5. THey HAD NO TIMe TO COPY THell~ CONTeNTS BY HAND. eo THey pL.ANNeD TO CAPTU~e THelP! ve~ 5PIRIT -

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"<'THE:Y ATTACJ(;E:D THE:JF1! APPOJNTE:D TASI' WITH THe: FF1!e:NZVOF ZIiA/,.Or5 TOO BL.INDE:D BY DOeMA ANO THE: WAYS OF THE: PAST-

" .•. MIN6L.INcS WITH THe: VlSCOIJS IN" SS:S:PINcS OFF THe PAGes OF THe: DISCA~De:D 800"S ~~

"P1,ACIN6 A ?IN61,S 6SM INTO A ?AGf(. THSY L.OWSIlSD IT 6Y ?TIlIN6. __

"AND FfCOM IT? PUl,?IN6 L-16HT THSY ?AW /...eTiEIl5 -FOllMIN6 WO!lD? -FOllMIN6 TSXT --

1I~~6IVlN6~ACH 6~M THE TIME IT NEEDeD TO 601t66 ITSE:I..F ON THE INFOi<.MATION THAT RAN I..I"E .I..IFSBI..OOD THroI.J6H THE CUlt:.F!:ENT'S.

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AMID TH& COV&~ OF THOLl7AN~ IN MecCA, THe HeAD I..IBAA~IAN S5PA~AT5D THE: e5MSTON5S.

"THeY WE:;;::E: MeT BY A t.IB~A;;::IAIII, WHO HAD p~ePA~I.'i'D t.ONe AND HAJC:D FO!': THIS 6ATHI.'i'JC:INe.

KNOW/..f176EJ WH4T 170 WE 170 WITH IT'?

~'HAVlN@ THe NOO~ !7TON~ ANI7 P095E9.iIN@ THI!? !?AJ,VA@el7

"TH~ DiSSoieNWAS DAAWN
6"" Aj:qISAN$ WHO weR~ SWORN TO seclleC.,...

SCUI...PTOllS AND eI...ASS-Bl.owt:RS CAAFTeD A 170M6.

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"AND THAT DOM~ WAS CAR~FUI..1.. Y ~NCRUST~O WITH TH~ qq STON~ OV~R T~N DAYS TIM~ ATOP TH~ COMPI..ET~D STRUCTURE.

"--A 60AL- SYMBOI..IC OF AL-I..WHO WOUL.D COM~ TO CAL-I..THE FORm655 OF I<NOWl.60e6, THE HUSN AI..-MA'RIFA-TH~11l:HOME.

'lilT HAD TAI<EN OVEIC! A CENTURY TO BUJI..DTHE FO~6'S?, 6~Nt:RATJONS OF CAL.IPHS, I.IBRAIC!IA.NS AND CRAFTSMEN.

"AL.1.. WORN S TO seCRECY, AL-L. TH~IR BI..OOD, S~AT AND TOIl.. SPENT FOil: TH~ Prz:oTECTION OF THE NOOR ~TON~.

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"FOFC: WH6N THE: CL..OLJli'S PAFC:'reD AND THE: 'SUN''S AAY'!1 FIFC:'ST STiC:UC" THE: NE:Wl..Y ?SCUiC:SD DOMS, A MlflACt.e HAPPSNSD.

"THE: RAYS FIT ToeE:THE:iC: THE: WAY THINe'S 'SHOU!.D. AND IN THS P\J1..$IN6 BSAA\$ OF 1..16HT, A HINT OF $U8$TANCE: WA'S 61..JMP?E:D --

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" ••• BE:COMIN6r L..E:TTE:iC:'S, BE:COMIN6r WOfl17$ -- B6COMIN6r THOU6HT -B6COMIN6r KNOWUi17ee!

"THe ONI..Y PJC:lce TO se PAID FOR SUCH He[..p WAIS Sll..eNce. THe $SCReT OF THe FORTRe?? OF I<NOWl..eDt3Ie ReMAINeD $oAFe FOR CeNTURIe5-.

"He WA$o A t31AAVel..Y ISeRIOU$ CHII..D, IMM&RISeD 08'SCSSE:D - WITH THe NOOR STONe:ISAND PITII..E:$$ IN HIS DISINTel'1:e5-T FOR CHIl..DISH PUI'1:SUIT$. "BY HIS TWSNTlSTH SIRTHDAY, RUt3IHAl,.WAs- A SRIl..l..IANT SCieNTIFIC MIND... AND He HAD MADe AN INCl'1:eDISl..e DI$COVeRY.

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THAT THe I<Nowt..eDt3Ie OF A t31eM$TONe COUL.D se Il<:eAD' DIReCTI..Y INTO A HUMAN MIND. "BY WC", He DISCOVel<:eD ?OMeTHINt3I eveN MOl'1:e MIAACUI..OU?

''THe IMPA9%" I,..A~reD FOJZ:DSCADSSo. JZ:ueHAI,.. WAS MA~INAL.IZSD. HS BSCNAS BrTre~ IN HI5 UNTAPPSD ~SNI~.

IITHS HUAA5 I{NSW THAT 6RANA17A WOUI,..D INSVJTABI,..Y FAI,..L., ND WITH A THAT, ANDAI,..~IA. •. AND 50 WOUI,..D THe FOJZ:TJZ:~ OF t<.NOWL.eD~e.

~HSY DSGIDSO TO 1715MANTt.e THS FO~~, JZ:eMOVS THe DOMS AND pu;el

"-AND Fi:eDlFi:6'CTIN6 THeM INTO THe J(:.IN69 WATeR - lleDIReCT1N6 THeM INTO -- HIM/

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