Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pocket Watch God

I have been listening to “Gulliver’s Travels” and the following passage is told from the perspective of the two Lilliputians employed to take an inventory of everything Gulliver had with him. I found the following to be a funny description of his pocket watch:

Out of the right fob hung a great silver chain, with a wonderful kind of engine at the bottom. We directed him to draw out whatever was at the end of that chain; which appeared to be a globe, half silver, and half of some transparent metal; for, on the transparent side, we saw certain strange figures circularly drawn, and thought we could touch them, till we found our fingers stopped by the lucid substance. He put this engine into our ears, which made an incessant noise, like that of a water-mill: and we conjecture it is either some unknown animal, or the god that he worships; but we are more inclined to the latter opinion, because he assured us, (If we understood him right, for he expressed himself very imperfectly) that he seldom did anything without consulting it. He called it his oracle, and said, it pointed out the time for every action of his life.

I think many people worship time in some form or another. 


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