The Tower Clock. A Parable
June 4, 1847
1. The duke had a magnificent clock erected on a high tower in a city of our time. As the tower was octagonal, he had a clock face made on each of the eight surfaces which, of course, happened to be between the eight corners, so that everybody could see and make out the hours from all possible points and satisfy themselves about the hour, minute and second of the day.
2. And in addition to the most precise division of time from the hour to the second, this clock also showed the date of the month, the position of the moon and also the position of the other planets as well as the daily duration of light from sunrise to sunset and, besides that, also the four seasons. But, of course, all these special astronomic data were shown on separate astronomic dials which were installed underneath the main clock face.
3. And, in addition to all the things this clock showed on its faces, it also had a quite excellent striking mechanism for the hour and quarter of the hour and at the same time also the purest chimes. And for this whole extremely complicated elaborate mechanism, it had only one single clock weight. In a nutshell, this clock had no match anywhere in the whole civilized world.
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