Dec 11, 2018 1:47 PM
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Then she can get to the hall efficiently and a little ahead of time. There's paper and ink and wax cylinders and cloth and thread ready.

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She loads paper and thread and cylinders into her various devices.

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The room fills with about twenty people or so, all looking fairly important. The woman from yesterday gives a short introduction, announcing Tarinda as the foreign inventor, here to demonstrate her capabilities.

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"Hello everyone! Which invention would you like me to start with?"

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How about chronological order?

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Sure! Would anyone like to record themselves on the phonograph?

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An older man with a sword at his side volunteers.

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"On my signal," she says, and she cues him when it's ready to go.

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He presses a hand to the table next to the phonograph for balance as he recites a passage from a play lamenting the fragile beauty of spring.

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And when his time or his passage is up, whichever comes first, she makes the necessary adjustments to play it back.

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The audience is suitably impressed, and he returns to his seat. Where his hand was resting is a small tile with a picture of a flower on it. It's unlikely that anyone else can see it.

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She - well, Page - notes that but can't correlate it with anything and dismisses it for the time being. She opens up the workings of the phonograph, explains in broad terms what each section does.

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The audience is particularly interested in the mechanism driving the revolution of the cylinder.

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She's managed that by simple clockwork. It has to be wound every now and again.

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Notes notes.

Next?

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Here is the sewing machine! She passes the needle around so they can get a look at the double eye.

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Interesting. And what is the purpose?

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She opens the front of the machine and turns the wheel of the machine very slowly so they can see how the parts go, pointing them out as each enters play.

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Impressively intricate. How well do the mechanism scale?

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"I guess you could have big sewing machines but you'd have to turn the wheel pretty hard!"

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With an engine, perhaps?

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"I'd worry about getting your hands caught under the needle if you ran it with an engine!"

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Quite. Several of the audience smile.

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Typewriter! Here is how it works. Numbers, symbols for mathematical operations and currency and such, but she could make different kinds! Maybe one for musical notation!

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One with a specialized vocabulary, perhaps?

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