chapter  XIV
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Moische, Does One Smash Windows?

There were several town idiots in Horodenka, but Moische, the water carrier, was a useful idiot. He was tall and broad-shouldered, always quiet and thoughtful, and he never talked to anyone. And when someone wanting to gloat over his helplessness asked him a question—which happened often enough—he would turn his head away and answer, and avoid meeting the questioner’s eyes. His answers were short; he looked for words as if the words had just come into the world and there were always one or two among them that didn’t fit the subject.