November 12, 2017
Bilbo fiddles with his abacus, frowning as he tries to work out the figures. With parchment and quill beside him, he glances at the numbers he has painstakingly listed. They all seem the same and make no sense to him. He feels he is no further along than when he started. The taxman will have his head. The percent remainder stimulates him, but it is no good. Bilbo spans Earth. He sees all, and nothing. Bilbo argues next to a capitalist. “This is the problem”, he says, “Our beginner overcomes.” Why does Bilbo bubble over Earth? We shall never know.