It seemed to him that he stood in the midst of a great hall, dark and silent save for the ticking of a great clock. " "Why not now?" My insistence turned him from me and kept him once more at his window in a silence during which, between us, you might have heard a pin drop. I will defend my church and my religion when it is insulted and spit on by renegade catholics. Majority Leader, the Congress and the Executive were capable of working together to produce a budget on which this nation could live.