The past is consumed in the present and the present is living only because it brings forth the future. --And is that why you will not communicate, Cranly asked, because you are not sure of that too, because you feel that the host, too, may be the body and blood of the son of God and not a wafer of bread? And because you fear that it may be? --Yes, Stephen said quietly, I feel that and I also fear it. It leads to eugenics rather than to esthetic. Stephen, moving away the bystanders, jerked his shoulder angrily in the direction of the Tsar's image, saying: --Keep your icon.