It’s about 10 in the morning and I just pulled into Elmwood. Word on the vine is that there’s something funny going on here but I can't seem to get any details. It’s too early for lunch so I might as well scout around a bit, see if I can get some information or, at the least, work on my sales quota.
Heading into town, I spot a house that’s obviously larger than the rest with ornate gables and a well kept lawn. Whoever owns that house has a pretty good chance of being well-connected in town and might have the money to buy a set of encyclopedias for their kids or grandkids.
Parking my car, I approach the house, knock on the front door and a few moments later am greeted by an older gentleman wearing an expensive looking suit that somehow reads as not entirely put on. His hair is scattered about like that photo of that Physicist in my encyclopedias. What’s his name… right, Einstein.
I introduce myself and get into my encyclopedia spiel, “Hello sir, if you don’t mind my taking a little bit of your time, my name is Arthur Johnson and I’m traveling this great country of ours sharing the gift of…”
“Let me stop you right there, son. If you’re here trying to sell me some story of how you found Jesus, I don’t have the time and you sure aren’t getting my money.
“No sir, I’m sharing the gift of knowledge. I have here, in my hands, Volume ‘H’ of the Encyclopedia Europa. I bring Volume ‘H’ because it includes History, both the history of our great nation and the world. Can I interest you in…”
“The history of the world is not written by men! We are merely in the interregnum between the powers before and the powers to come! I envy you, son, travelling these lands with your so-called history, oblivious to the true reality that lurks in every shadow and behind every corner. Oh that I might forget the things that I know or wake and discover it all a terrible dream.”
It’s clear that I’m not selling any encyclopedias today but there’s almost certainly something to the rumors that something’s off in Elmwood. Let’s see if I can get any more information out of this unkempt but well dressed gentleman.