The Egg

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“Tell me class, what is the strongest force in the universe?”

I raise my hand gingerly.

“Yes, Miss…?”

“Braithwhite. Eve Braithwhite. And it’s gravity.”

“Gravity? But there are four fundamental forces in nature and we know gravity to be the weakest of these. Isn’t this true?”

“Well… yes, but we also know gravity holds everything in place, right? It makes up the way the universe moves, and interacts. ‘first Hell/ Your dungeon stretching far and wide beneath;/ Now lately Heaven/ and Earth, another World/ Hung ore my Realm, link'd in a golden chain,’ as Milton said.”

“Very good Miss Braithwhite!” the old man claps, “and I think you’ve hit on something more than you realize there with your quote. Note how Milton says,” ‘Earth, another World’ as if to say a continuance of a chain of worlds? This is our clue to all of understanding!”

Our class of Physics majors seems less than pleased to be discussing English Lit and I feel red in the face as people give me bored glares.

“Don’t be embarrassed young lady! You have a better understanding of Physics than any of these future lab rats can understand! You say gravity is the strongest force in the universe despite appearing to be the weakest, hmm? Let’s see what else you think. How many dimensions are there, Miss. Brathwhite?”

“Uhh, four?” I respond, wanting the conversation over and the class to move along. I’m already taking this as a Gen. Req. for my degree and am constantly feeling dumb around all these much smarter people. Just give me my useless English degree and let me leave this stupid brick building.

“Tsk tsk. A common misconception still that there are only four spatial-temporal dimensions, but it is that; a misconception. No class, there are in fact 6 dimensions. Count them; Point, Line,” he begins ticking dimensions off on his fingers as some in the crowd murmur along with him, “Object, Time. Good job everyone!”

He’s a good professor but it’s clear that he takes much more interest in his field of study than most of his students. Introductory Physics just doesn’t inspire passion.

He continues, “and Egg,” ticking two fingers off at once. No one else says it. Professor Thompson stands smiling at the front as an awkward silence comes late to class and sits down next to everyone.

“I take it then, that not many of you are familiar with the two incomprehensible dimensions then? Well that’s ok, not many people who come to my Intro class ever have heard of it. Perhaps when you come to my 300-level classes we can discuss it a bit more. For now I’ll simply give you the basic rundown: Gravity, as Miss Thompson volunteered, is the strongest force in the universe. It does, as she also stated, hold the beautiful topography of our universe in its hand, turning the heavens like the gears of a clock. Though she didn’t say it in exactly those words.”

Just then the bell rings and people begin packing their bags. Professor Thompson continues, “and next class we will go over those two dimensions briefly. For homework please read chapters 6 and 7, and I’ll see you all in a few days.”

I gather my things, still embarrassed at this nightmare of a class. Slinging my bag over my shoulder I turn and get up, getting ready to rush out the door but the teacher’s voice calls through the rustling of students, “Miss Braithwhite. Would you stay a moment after class?”

Slumping slightly I turn back and make my way down the stairs of the auditorium towards his lectern. Stupid old man, I think. After everyone has filed out he sits in the front row, gesturing me to join him with a pat on the chair to his left. Helplessly I join him.

“Miss Braithwhite, what was Satan’s sin?”

“Pride.”

“For someone who studied his seminal text enough to have mquotes available on hand, I would think you would knew Milton better. No, it was not pride, Miss Braithwhite. It was the same sin as mankind; the sin of lust. Though in Man it had to do with those fiddly bits down here,” he says gesturing to his groin, “and Satan’s had to do with a lust for this,” and he taps my forehead with one thin spindly finger.

“Satan was cast out of heaven for wanting knowledge?” I question hesitantly.

“Oh yes. He was the greatest scientist of all time, and to join him in his infernal prison would be a good opportunity to learn from him I think. But more to the point, he knew of the nature of gravity. Do you remember how Satan left Hell the first time, not the second when given the key?”

“He escaped,” I reply point blank.

“Yes, but how?” he responds, a mischievous look in his eye.

“Uh.. I don’t know Professor Thompson. I don’t think it says…”

He holds up two fingers and says, “The Egg. Gravity, Miss Thompson. Gravity connects not only objects to objects, but objects to time, and time to objects, and even objects to dimensions unknown to those objects. He escaped Hell to gaze upon Earth by the Egg, the fifth and sixth dimensions.”

“Umm, I don’t think I understand Professor. I really have to get to my next class..” I say turning to get up.

“Wait! Before you go Miss Braithwhite: Think. Why is gravity so weak?”

I give it a moment, but come up with nothing. I shrug my shoulders.

He laughs, and says “It’s seeping Miss Braithwhite. It is escaping our four dimensions and into the other two connecting everything together immediately. We can only measure what is left.”

“Um, ok,” I return hesitantly. “I really do need to go Professor, I’m sorry.”

“So do I.” Closing his fingers slowly, he gives me a wink.

“I hope to see you soon, Miss Braithwhite.”

Then he is simply gone, disappeared. Escaped.

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