The Third Policeman
'And what did it feel like?'
The Sergeant shrugged himself massively.
'MaoCruiskeen says it is not smooth and not rough, not gritty and not velvety. It would be a mistake to think it is a cold feel like steel and another mistake to think it blankety. I tghought it might be Like the damp bread of an old poultice but no, MacCruiskeen says that would be a third mistake. And not like a bowl-full of dry withered peas, either. A contrary pancake surely, a fingerish atrocity but not without,a queer charm all its own. '
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