Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress


How does the presence of an alarm clock change the village?

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The peasants have grown fascinated with Luo’s alarm clock, which feature a toy rooster inside it. They have never had a clock in the village before, so people routinely stop by the boys' hut to check the time. The headman uses the clock to determine when everyone should wake up for work, and they often hear him outside in the morning, waiting to check the time. The narrator and Luo quickly realize they can change the time on the clock so they can sleep in, or start (and thus finish) the day early.