He gave, at any rate, like a convalescent slightly fatigued, a languid shake of his head. --Can you not think of the other way? he said. And ask a Talmudist what ails the modesty of his marginal Keri, that Moses and all the prophets cannot persuade him to pronounce the textual Chetiv. We waited in fact till two nights later; but that same evening, before we scattered, he brought out what was in his mind.