Raben cleaned his glasses and wrote everything down in his

notebook — he was a conscientious student — but refrained from asking

questions.  Some weeks earlier, he’d read several chapters of The

Class System in the school library and he didn’t like

Karl Krinsky: he felt that there could have been an

exclamation mark after almost every sentence, and that put him

off.  Krinsky claimed, so it seemed to Raben, that economic,

social, and historical laws were as clear and immutable as

the laws of nature.  And Raben, always skeptical, had his

doubts even about the immutability of the laws of nature.


Paraphrases from the novel Between Friends by Amos Oz.