4612. Finally he set his mind to analyze the burn spot on the wing in an analytical and mathematical way. The burn mark seemed to be covering an area of the wing that extended from the wing's edge, half way to the first rivet of the flap.
4613. If the burn mark was getting larger, at some point it would reach the rivet and that would confirm, as an observable fact, that something unavoidable and serious was happening.
4614. It took exactly a half an hour for the burn mark to reach the rivet, but still Coromo did nothing. Yet another fifteen minutes went by, and the rivet also was swallowed up in blackness.
4615. Reluctantly, Coromo got out of his seat, walked to the back of the plane, and woke one of the hostesses, who was contentedly asleep on two milk crates near the bathrooms. Coromo woke her and said, "Can I ask you a question?"