A PHOTOCOPIER once loved literature. “I eat books for lunch”, he used to say to the other appliances and every time he bought a book, he finished it within one day. The other appliances couldn’t help but wonder, as every time they bought a novel, it usually took them months before they finished it.
“The photocopier is fooling us…”, the heater, who usually kept company to the housewife every time she read a book, said one day. “I’m pretty sure he’s not reading them, but only flipping through the pages”.
The rest of the appliances then wondered whether this could be possibly true. They got suspicious and thought of putting the photocopier on a trial. “Let’s buy him a book then that is, let’s say, a thousand pages thick, and see if he reads it…!”, the lamp, who loved studying, suggested.
So it happened. The next day, they all visited the bookstore to choose a book. They even made sure that the book they bought would be difficult to read, and not just have many pages in count. After a thorough research, they ended up with “Crime and Punishment” from Dostoyevsky. They, then, wrapped it up as a present and went back home.
“Since we know you love reading, we bought you a book as a present… to prove how much you love reading, however, we want you to finish its thousand pages within a day!”, the heater told him. Our good photocopier got really excited to receive the book in his hands. He hastily tore the wrap and ribbon, only to be puzzled by its large number of pages.
“A thousand pages… is no big deal!”, the photocopier exclaimed, then took the book and started reading it. The other appliances then hid behind the furniture in the living room to make sure he would read it and not just flip through the pages.
The hours passed, and our good photocopier seemed to be enjoying his book more than ever. “We might need coffee to stay awake”, the heater whispered to the telephone as it got darker outside. The photocopier would simply not let the book down, and the appliances kept staring at him, until they fell asleep one after another.
The next day and when the photocopier shut the back cover of the book with force, the appliances woke up from the noise. “Did you finish it…?”, the heater asked him with great curiosity.
“Not only did I finish it, I simply loved it!”, the photocopier replied, then explained the plot of the book with every detail, as if living it in the moment. The rest of the electrical appliances were left speechless.
“And now we want you to tell us how you did it”, the curious heater asked.
“It’s simple. I choose books which I enjoy reading”, the photocopier told the other appliances. “Well, this one was your choice, but I loved it from its first pages!”, she added.
And so, from that day, they all decided to read novels which they enjoyed. So much did they love reading, even, that they made a reading club in which they exchanged the books they liked the most.