Shevek, how did we end up here? You can’t possibly believe in coincidence. It could have happened to anyone, but it happened to us, of all people, at the end of a long journey, when we are supposed to bring only one vote from A to B, and at the very moment when we have saved the most votes in the urn, at the very moment when it is too late to gather the votes again in time for the meeting, at the moment of greatest possible damage, we are catapulted out of everything. That was a kick, my dear. And not a loving one. We have powerful enemies.