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‘…An overseer on the lower deck slipped from the centre plank and fell among rowers. They choked him to death against the side of the ship with their chained hands, quite quietly, and it was too dark for the other overseer to see what happened … and the lower deck fought their way up, deck by deck, with the pieces of the broken benches banging behind ’em…’


This is from “The Finest Story in the World“, in Many Inventions.

The storyteller has befriended a young bank clerk with literary ambitions. He starts to tell tales of life as a galley slave in ancient times, thinking he is making them up. But the story-teller discovers that the boy is remembering real events in his past lives.