Report on the Thing
If it breaks, do they think it died? No, it simply departed itself. But you have weaknesses, Sveglia. I learned from your owner that you need a leather case to protect you from humidity. I also learned, in secret, that you once stopped. Your owner didn't panic. She fiddled around with it a little and you never stopped again. I understand you, I forgive you: You came from Europe and you need a bit of time to get acclimated, don't you? Does that mean that you die too, Sveglia? Are you the time that stops?
But one night I was sleeping soundly and could be heard saying in a loud voice: I want to have a baby with Sveglia!
I am in perfect physical and mental health. But one night I was sleeping soundly and could be heard saying in a loud voice: I want to have a baby with Sveglia!I believe in the Sveglia. It doesn't believe in me. It thinks I lie a lot. And I do. On Earth we lie a lot.I went five years without catching the flu: That is Sveglia. And when I did it lasted three days. Afterward a dry cough lingered. But the doctor prescribed antibiotics and I got better. Antibiotics are Sveglia.This is a report. Sveglia does not allow short stories or novels no matter what. It only permits transmission. It hardly allows me to call this a report. I call it a report on the mystery. And I do my best to write a report dry as extra-dry champagne. But sometimes—forgive me—it gets wet. A dry thing is sterling silver. Whereas gold is wet. May I speak of diamonds in relation to Sveglia?No, it just is. And in fact Sveglia has no intimate name: It preserves its anonymity. Anyhow God has no name: He preserves perfect anonymity: There is no language that utters his true name.
I am now going to say a very serious thing that will seem like heresy: God is dumb.
Fights are Sveglia. I just had one with the owner of the clock. I said: Since you don't want to let me see Sveglia, describe its gears to me. Then she lost her temper—and that is Sveglia—and said that she had a lot of problems—having problems is not Sveglia. So I tried to calm her down and it was fine. I shall not call her tomorrow. I'll let her rest.
I want to send this report to Senhor magazine and I want them to pay me very well.