} You owe the Oracle, however, a little leeway in making the fee for
} answering this question a little lengthy, if the Oracle should find
} it necessary. After all, giving things to Oracles is a long and
} distinguished tradition. I remember back in the old days when my
} colleague at Delphi conned a certain king of Lydia into giving all
} sorts of treasures and wealth in exchange for the wonderfully ambiguous
} prophecy, "If you attack Persia, a great empire will be destroyed."
} That's classic. Expensive, without being the least bit helpful.
} My answers, on the other hand, are an absolute bargain by contrast,
} they being both the sort of knowledge that you need to conduct your
} mortal existence, and are succint and truthful. If you want brevity,
} you have to be willing to pay for it. Most Supplicants seem to be
} willing to do so. If you're one of that camp, then I believe we
} can do business. Other Supplicans, however, never bother to ever
} produce the things which the Oracle demands of them in compensation
} for My services. And when this happens it just throws the entire
} Oracular system off balance. This, therefore, is why it's necessary
} to sit down like this and explain why the Oracle demands the things
} that it does. We're not a non-profit institution here, after all.
} We have bills to pay, just like anyone else. Oh, sure, I could just
} *ZOT* the IRS and the cashier at the WaWa Food Market, but that doesn't
} appeal to my acute Oracular sense of justice. There, I've hit the
} nail on the head: justice. This is the basis of paying the Oracle.
} It's only fair, after all. The barter system seems to work out here
} in Indiana, the supplicant probably wasn't doing anything important
} with the fair maiden or Schrodinger's Cat or the thousand blonde
} jokes anyhow, so everybody's happy. I hope I'm clear on this.