The Comet

A lawyer once said that in the beginning the world was built so that certain signs would come before certain events. Another lawyer many centuries later whispered this quote to the sergeant as they watched a burning comet high above the wheatfields one night in late summer. Tomorrow they would certainly find the corpses of poor suicides. The sergeant said that for him the whole world and its history was a sign. What, then, wondered the lawyer, is the event?