Kinderszenen by S. M. Hutchens

Column: Mortal Remains

Kinderszenen

by S. M. Hutchens

In Out of the Silent Planet, Dr. Ransom interrogates a hross, one of the three intelligent species of the planet Malacandra, on the domestic life of his kind, finding it hard to believe that in that world no equivalent to marital infidelity is to be found. The hross regards what Ransom tells him about the situation on earth as equally remarkable. Ransom asks, and the hross replies:

"This love [conjugal desire], you say, comes only once while the hross lives?"

"But it takes his whole life. When he is young he has to look for his mate; an . . .