“He hasn’t said a word in over a year,” said Dr. Burgess patiently.
“Mr. Goodnow, did you kill the Indian woman you raped at Holden’s Crossing? When you came there for the Supreme Order of the Star-Spangled Banner? ”Dr. Burgess and the orderly stared at Shaman in amazement. “Do you know where I can find Hank Cough?” No answer.
“He has syphilis. Part of his brain has been destroyed by paresis, ”interrupted Dr. Burgess the interrogation. “How do you know he’s not simulating?”
“We have him under constant surveillance and we know it. Why should someone simulate in order to live like this? “
“Years ago this man was involved in an inhuman, horrific crime. I am deeply reluctant to come to terms with the fact that he will escape punishment, ”Shaman said bitterly. Saliva dripped from David Goodnow’s mouth. Dr. Burgess looked at him and shook his head. “I don’t think he escaped punishment.”
Shaman was escorted through the wards to the front door, where Dr. Burgess politely said goodbye to him, remarking that the institution welcomed admissions from doctors from western Illinois.
When Shaman stepped out into the street, he was initially blinded by the bright sunlight. The smells of the city suddenly seemed like the scent of violets. He wandered several blocks in deep thought. He had the feeling that he had come to the end of a road. One of the men who killed Makwa-ikwa was dead, the second, as he had just convinced himself, trapped in hell, and the whereabouts of the third was unknown.
He concluded that Miriam Ferocia was right: it was time to leave Makwa’s murderer to divine judgment and focus on medicine and his own life.
He took a horse-drawn tram into the center of town and then another to the Chicago Hospital, which reminded him a lot of the Cincinnati Polyclinic. It was a good hospital and a large one with nearly five hundred beds. When he asked to speak to the director and raised his issue, he was treated with the utmost courtesy.
The doctor on duty took him to one of the senior physicians, and the two men advised Shaman on the equipment and facilities a small hospital would need.