The Society of Steam, Book I : The Falling Machine
Chapter 1 – Wonders of the World
“Life is short, yet it is the nature of man to make it move faster all the time.” Sir Dennis Darby punctuated his pronouncement with a ﬁrm smack of the silver tip of his cane against the concrete underneath his feet.
Sarah and Nathaniel stood nearby, looking up at the old man, quietly and respectfully waiting for him to continue, but before he could say another word his intended dramatic pause was broken by a long, throaty groan rising up from behind them.
Just below them, the Automaton had begun to slowly and methodically spin the massive wooden spool with his left hand. The wheel was ﬁve feet across, with a thick iron post running up through the center of it. Viscous black grease oozed up from where the pole made contact with a metal collar that held it in place, and the noise vanished.
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