Episode 27: Part 4 of “The Coquettish Round Queen“
“What tasks would you have for me Dear Queen?” asked Alex
“I understand that you have completed an apprenticeship?”
said the queen. It was more of a question
than a statement.
“Yes, with an alchemist” answered Alex.
“Then you shall be called ‘The maker of dies’
said the queen. She immediately knighted
Alex by dubbing him with a tarnished
plastic scepter that had been setting
in the corner of the office.
Alex had never used a metal-cutting shaper
although he had seen a diagram of one
in a book entitled “The Operation and
Feeding of the Metal Cutting Shaper
as Found in the Tool-rooms of the
Northern Hemisphere; copyrights
assigned to the American
Association of Northern
He racked his brain to remember what
he had seen and read. The queen
led the way to the tool room
where Alex imagined
the plane was
As they rounded the corner Alex saw a man
writing on a chalk board and holding it up
for several others to read. The readers
were all sitting in rows of chairs
in front of the writer.
Alex looked at
the queen with
a big question
“They are on coffee break” answered
the queen to the
“What is with the guy and the chalk board” asked Alex.
“Oh, that’s Isabella; he teaches philosophy
during the coffee breaks. He really loves
Kant but the boys want him to
teach them Nietzsche”
explained the queen.