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Building a new power plant at the Lenin Collective Farm in Räpina District


“Of course, Krustang knew how important the Catholic faith was in the lives of the people here, but it wasn’t a church wall or anything like that, after all. However, the boys explained that this time the reason was not religious but rather, social. Their compatriot traders could then use the holes in the cross pattern as footholds and climb over the wall quite easily. They had already agreed on it and had tried to make it clear to Pablo Krustang as well, spreading their hands when the master had talked about a wall in fishtail pattern. They told him that they had now become frauds and liars in the eyes of their society. Not exactly the lightest of burdens to carry on your soul.”

Excerpt from The Bricklayer, a short story by Ilmar Külvet