FUNNY – THAT YOU FELT IT AT ONCE… .
FELT WHAT? EXPLAIN! tapped Rubashov, sitting up on the bunk.
No. 402 seemed to think it over. After a short hesitation he tapped: TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED… .
Rubashov understood. He sat leaning against the wall, in the dark, waiting to hear more. But No. 402 said no more. After a while, Rubashov tapped: EXECUTIONS?
YES, answered 402 laconically.
HOW DO YOU KNOW? asked Rubashov.
AT WHAT TIME?
DON’T KNOW. And, after a pause: SOON.
KNOW THE NAMES? asked Rubashov.
NO, answered No. 402. After another pause he added: OF YOUR SORT. POLITICAL DIVERGENCES.