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Kickass, the doorstop dog, reports that Phyllis and the keeper are constructing a raised garden to grow healthy food, and, in the keeper’s case, to maybe learn a few things about tomato blight and other world shaking issues. To that end, the bottom of the garden enclosure is lined with the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica that occupied the keeper’s bookshelves for the past 50 years or so and which gave him a vague sense of having a vast store of knowledge if you would just give him a minute to look up things. In the past 20 years, he has not looked anything up, except with electronic devices, he was laughed at when he tried to give away the encyclopedias, and his vague sense of having a vast store of knowledge has completely dissipated so in a world increasingly technologically mysterious, he mostly feels dumb. Was there some perverted sensation of surrender or even peevish resentment or revenge in burying the Britannicas? The keeper doesn’t know, he just knows that he and Phyllis are going to have a Garden of Knowledge where they don’t have to bend over to pull weeds.