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Pythagoras' Revenge by Arturo Sangalli

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Chapter 15

THE TEAM

Three years later, Trench had become a Companion, the second-highest grade in the Order of The Beacon, a Neo-Pythagorean sect whose activities he had generously helped to fund.

The Order operated in the most secretive fashion, so that practically nothing was known about it outside the close-knit circle of its fifty or so members. These, who called themselves “fellows,” were generally wealthy and influential professionals and businesspeople, some 20 percent of them women. In Pythagoras’ doctrines, which they interpreted with an emphasis on their esoteric aspects, they had found a kind of spiritual fulfillment that mainstream religions had not provided. Such was their veneration for the famous philosopher that they worshipped ...

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