Sabtu, 25 Oktober 2014

My Watch: An Instructive Little Tale - Mark Twain

This was posted by Todd over the Purists watch forum. It was written by Mark Twain and appears to be in the public-domain. Here's a snippet of it, it's not much longer and definitely amusing, especially if you've owned mechanical watches.

My Watch: An Instructive Little Tale / Mark Twain (1835-1910): "My beautiful new watch had run eighteen months without losing or gaining, and without breaking any part of its machinery or stopping. I had come to believe it infallible in its judgments about the time of day, and to consider its constitution and its anatomy imperishable. But at last, one night, I let it run down. I grieved about it as if it were a recognized messenger and forerunner of calamity. But by and by I cheered up, set the watch by guess, and commanded my bodings and superstitions to depart. Next day I stepped into the chief jeweler's to set it by the exact time, and the head of the establishment took it out of my hand and proceeded to set it for me. Then he said, 'She is four minutes slow -- regulator wants pushing up.' I tried to stop him -- tried to make him understand that the watch kept perfect time. But no; all this human cabbage could see was that the watch was four minutes slow, and the regulator MUST be pushed up a little; and so, while I danced around him in anguish, and implored him to let the watch alone, he calmly and cruelly did the shameful deed. My watch began to gain. It gained faster and faster day by day. Within the week it sickened to a raging fever, and its pulse went up to a hundred and fifty in the shade."

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