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netting a neighbor had discarded, and fit a small piece of the mesh over an opening he’d cut in the box. He secured the mesh with masking tape and scrawled Speak Here above the window. One day after school Harry invited three younger boys over for a visit. They rushed down the basement stairs with reckless feet and furtive whispers. Rachel followed, stopping above them on the staircase to eavesdrop. Harry stood next to his masterpiece and announced, “This is the Answer Box! Inside are the answers to everything!” The younger boys’ eyes grew wide. “See this window?” Harry’s companions nodded. “You ask your question there, then the Answer Box will give you the answer, which comes out over here.” He indicated a slot he’d cut in one side of the box. “I have to get inside to make it work.” He climbed in and neatly pulled the top cardboard panel over his head to close it. Young Kenneth of the fresh crew cut and stale bubble gum tried it first. He bellied up to the Speak Here window, solemnly set the Difficulty dial and asked, “My dad says I can have a pet, either a dog or a cat. Which one should I get?” The box began to sway. A tambourine jingled, followed by a series of loud clicks. Immediately a slip of notebook


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