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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Grandmother, parts 2372 - 2375

 2372. Although is was so precise and complicated, still, on careful examination Coromo could see that it was held together with tiny screws. The screws were just like any ordinary screw, but so fine that the slot for the tip of the screwdriver was a thin as a hair.

 2373. Coromo thought, “Where could one find a screwdriver so fine that it could unscrew a screw as fine as a human hair?” The only idea he came up with was to use the tip of a paring knife, and insert the tip of the knife gently into the slot of the screw. This almost worked, except that the angle of the knife blade was a little too curved. Nevertheless, by trying repeatedly, he was able to get the screw out little by little. Once he got it started it came out easily using just his finger tips. 

 2374. He proceeded to remove five screws from the watch mechanism, and he noticed to his dismay that although the screws were tiny, they were all different sizes and lengths. At first he thought he could remember which screw went where when the time came to put it back together, but after removing the sixth screw things started to become muddled up in his mind. 

2375. He was only 8 years old at the time, so we can forgive him the oversight of not having any idea what he was doing. He had no theory as to why the watch was not working. He had no reason to think that taking it apart and putting it back together would fix it. He attacked the watch mechanism with simple blind childish faith. It was broken, so he would take it apart and fix it, and that was all there was to it.

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