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On the other hand, people do tell salutary stories in which the morally 'deaf' feature as anonymous figures as in Bill Neitjie's (1989) story of two brothers, one obedient and one 'deaf' to injunction; the unheedful brother is taken by a prescient crocodile which eats the body but returns the boy's severed, rotting and unhearing head to the river bank.
And through the flowing shade and ebbing light A man, unheedful of the butterfly--Some neighbor's gardener, I guess--goes by Trundling an empty barrow up the lane.
It might be of a boy in pharaonic Egypt, playing happily with friends in the warm Nilotic mud, a tableau of sheer uncomplicated fun, its participants unheedful of much beyond the pleasure of just being; innocent of all the terrible weight of history which slowly and remorselessly sinks contentment and calamity in the uniformity of oblivion.