Der dichte Zusammenhang der Wellen drückt etwas aus, das auch die Menschen in einer Masse sehr wohl führen: eine Nachgiebigkeit gen die anderen.
Masse und Macht auf Seite 92
Je mehr man um sein eigenes Leben kämpft, desto klarer wird, dass man gegen die anderen kämpft.
Masse und Macht auf Seite 27
'Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You haden't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anybody or anything.'
'But the plans were on disply ...'
'On display? I eventualy had to go down to the cellar to find them.'
'That's the display department.'
'With a torch.'
'Ah, well the lights had probably gone.'
'So had the stairs'
'But look, you found the notice didn't you?'
'Yes,' said Arthur, 'yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.'
The Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy on page 20
Schwer und voller Behagen liegt er da, der am meisten fressen kann, der Meistesser.
Masse und Macht auf Seite 257
A towel, it says, is about the most useful thing interstellar hitch hickers can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound acreoss the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth: wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast od Traal (a mindbogglinly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough
More importantly, a towel has imense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non hitch hicker) discovers that a hitch hicker has his towel with him, he will automaticly assume that he is also in possesion of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spry, wet weather gear, space suite etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hicker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hicker might accidentaly have 'lost'. What the strag will think is that any man can hitch the lenght and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against odds, win through , and still know where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckond with.
Hitchhicker's Guide through the Galaxy on page 31