Guess what I have, said Gabriel.

Problems? said the Devil.

Not at all, said Gabriel, look, aren’t they beautiful?

Haven’t I seen them somewhere before? said the Devil.

You couldn’t have. I made these myself, said Gabriel.

They look like imitations to me, said the Devil.

I don’t care if you don’t like them. They’re mine, said Gabriel.

Let’s have a look, they’re very amusing, said the Devil.

Be careful now, said Gabriel.

Have the little creatures got minds too? said the Devil.

Well, they can ask questions but they can’t give any answers yet, said Gabriel.

We’ll soon fix that, won’t we, little one? said the Devil.

Oh, no you don’t! said Gabriel.

I see, said the Devil, no free will,eh?

Go on, said Gabriel, show him how you ask questions.

Show us, then, said the Devil.

What?

Why?

Not very bright are they? said the Devil.

Don’t you understand? said Gabriel, they’re absolutely pure!

Why?

What?

Pure and simple, said the Devil.

They must answer their own questions, one by one, said Gabriel.

Why?

What?

That won’t be difficult, said the Devil.

Now think: what makes you say ‘why?’ said Gabriel.

What?

Why?

We think they are ridiculous, don’t we? said the Devil.

You’re wondering why you’re here, aren’t you? said Gabriel.

Why?

What?

We have better things to do than to ask silly questions, haven’t we? said the Devil.

Try saying: why am I here? said Gabriel

Why?

Like playing nice games with uncle, for instance, said the Devil.

Now the answer should come to you, said Gabriel

What?

Why?

Because you’re a living doll, that’s why, said the Devil.

We’ve got to be able to give some answers, said Gabriel

Why?

Because your eyes are like stars, your teeth like pearls, your hair like. . . . said the Devil.

Why?

What do you think you’re going to achieve by saying why what why what all the time? said Gabriel.

What?

What?

Oh, I don’t know! I’m gatting bored with this and you’re too small anyway, said the Devil.

I’m a failure, said Gabriel, I can’t teach anything.

Why?

Well this one learns fast! Get out of my hair!said the Devil.

What?

wait! said Gabriel, maybe you and I could work out an educational system?

Why?

What? Np! Play with your own toys, said the Devil.

But look at them, so eager to learn! We could help them, said Gabriel

Why?

Why?

Help!! said the Devil.

Help! Help!

Help! Help!

That’ll teach ’em! said God.

 

The Gabriel Books are a series of small cartoon books to be published by Natalia d’Arbeloff NdA Press 6 Cliff Villas London NWI 9AL England