The Enchanted Typewriter

The Enchanted Typewriter

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The Enchanted Typewriter by John Kendrick Bangs

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e. Since my first interview with Boswell the taps seemed to speak, and if some one were sitting before it and writing a line the mere differentiation of sounds of the various keys would convey to the mind the ideas conveyed to it by the printed words. So, as I say, my ears were greeted with a clicking "Hello, old man!" followed immediately by the bell.

"You are late," said I, looking at my watch.

"I know it," was the response. "But I can't help it. During the campaign I am kept so infernally busy I hardly know where I am."

"Campaign, eh?" I put in. "Do you have campaigns in Hades?"

"Yes," replied Boswell, "and we are having a--well, to be polite, a regular Gehenna of a time. Things have changed much in Hades latterly. There has been a great growth in the democratic spirit below, and his Majesty is having a deuce of a time running his kingdom. Washington and Cromwell and Caesar have had the nerve to demand a constitution from the venerable Nicholas--"

"From whom?" I queried,

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(1899) Humor / Satire / * Bangsian fantasy.


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The author finds and restores a dusty old typewriter.
It becomes haunted by a couple of the spirits of those Shades who have passed over the River Sticks.
After all, the news must be published, even down there.
An added attraction is the fact that the author can converse with the typist. The author by the spoken word and the spirit by the keyboard.


* From Wikipedia: "Bangsian fantasy is a fantasy genre which concerns the use of famous literary or historical individuals and their interactions in the afterlife. It is named for John Kendrick Bangs who often wrote it."
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