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CHAPTER 18: Rouletabille Has Drawn a Circle Between the Two Bumps on His Forehead (continued)
"Be of good courage, then, friend Rouletabille; it is impossible that the incident of the inexplicable gallery should be outside the circle of your reason. You know that! Then have faith and take thought with yourself and forget not that you took hold of the right end when you drew that circle in your brain within which to unravel this mysterious play of circumstance.
"To it, once again! Go - back to the gallery. Take your stand on your reason and rest there as Frederic Larsan rests on his cane. You will then soon prove that the great Fred is nothing but a fool. - 30th October. Noon.
"I acted as I planned. With head on fire, I retraced my way to the gallery, and without having found anything more than I had seen on the previous night, the right hold I had taken of my reason drew me to something so important that I was obliged to cling to it to save myself from falling.
"Now for the strength and patience to find sensible traces to fit in with my thinking - and these must come within the circle I have drawn between the two bumps on my forehead! - 30th of October. Midnight."
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