As Martin tries to shrug off his sense of foreboding, he spots a copy of today's newspaper left on a deckchair, picks it up and begins leafing through it. His attention is captured by an article on the first page describing a recent increase in crime in the city and steps that the Mayor has begun taking to combat this threat. "Increased Police overtime ... doubling of cops on each beat ... neighborhood watch groups ... curfew at dusk in the worst sections of town." The mayor's comments continued on for a number of paragraphs, but Martin chose to continue on to the next page.Morpheus said:Martin looks around New York Harbor from the S.S. Gabrielle and wishes that the journey would get underway. His recent conversation with Professor Pabodie and his earlier researches have lead him to believe that it isn't safe in New York any more.
Then a loud horn blast from a passing tugboat surprised Martin and the newspaper shook in his hands; he momentarily lost his grip on the pages, losing a section over the railing, and watched as it floated to the dark water below.
Martin returned his attention to the remaining pages that he held. He began reading an interview with a physician who suspected an outbreak of tuberculosis in one of the city's slums. The doctor had been having a difficult time narrowing down the source of the aggressive disease and was considering asking the city leaders to impose a quarantine in that area. As Martin continued reading, a large shadow darkened the page and he looked up to see a raven fly directly over him and then land on a railing above. The raven fixed its black, beady eyes on him.
Job (the tortured one).