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January 10, 2013
“Eminence.”

“Yes?”

“I beseech forgiveness.”

“Rise; rise. Speak.”

“Your grace. In the matter of the Memorabilia...”

“Go on.”

“Mercy, I do not understand.”

“You are not the first. What troubles you?”

“This symbol. This embellishment. It is beautiful, but I do not understand its meaning. What does it signify?”

“Show me.”

“Here, my father.”

“This?”

“The colon, and the right paren. They would seem to suggest a... duality. Both halves standing for incomplete purpose, but together a kind of...”

“It’s a smiley.”

“My lord?”

“Look at it sideways. Here.”

“A... smiley?”

“Blessed be John Snyder.”

“He smiles upon us—”

“Amen.”