This is the seventh section of the fifteenth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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“It’s beautiful isn’t it” remarked Tom “Just gives you a sense of wonder”
“It’s too close for comfort is what it is” replied Laurence
“I think the captain is giving us a treat, a majestic swing by.”
“It’s a waste of propellant and dangerous is what it is.”
“I’m sure he knows what he is doing.”