But the key is right here!

Yes, Rémi shouts, it dangles in front of them! Not just out of their reach, but rather, well within! And it is this trifling proximity that tempts their refusal.

This life seems so foreign to them, he says, because they are still human, and I almost admire this precious humanity they hold onto, for it only challenges me further to chip away at it until the untouched marble prism forms into a life-size likeness of yours truly.