bachelor, as ignorant of the desires of matter as of its mysteries. However, young men and women frequently work together on scientific experiments."
"Not in windowless boxes," said the kingsman. "And who gave her leave to help the Candidate? There is something odd about this whole demonstration, and I'm going to find out what it is."
The kingsman strode to the little building. The sun had returned in full brightness, and the alloyed-steel walls were glistening. The kingsman glistened too: the smooth fabric of his cloak—his silver ornaments—his mace of massy silver.
Sharply he rapped with his mace on the closed door. There was afterwards silence. He rapped again. There was again silence.
The kingsman lost his temper. He brought back his mace and swung it fiercely toward the wall of the chamber.
The blow of massy silver against steel did not come. The wildly swinging arm and mace whirled through the air. The kingsman fell forward.
He sprawled, splendid and ridiculous: defeated by air.
There was no cubical building. The guildfolk faced each other across the Field. Where the steel cube had stood, the kingsman was getting to his knees.
Floating gently through the air, separating and drifting down, were many sheets of paper.
Snubnose picked up one of the papers as it fell. It was headed "COPY OF CONTRACT" and dated that Day of the Candidate, 155th-1712 DRC. It said: "Hereby do Bump-arch, apprentice physicist, and Proudwalk, journeywoman biologist, contract under Private Law a marriage between them: and do undertake to dwell as husband and wife under the same roof for a period of five years in validation of this marriage: such period to terminate for purposes of the Private Law upon 155th-1717 DRC, but to continue under other roofs for the duration of their lives."
"Time," said the Grandmaster.
Walking slowly home to face his mother, Snubnose said to himself, "This one will keep the Guild of Lawyers busy for the duration of all our lives."