TikTok the prototypical robot is introduced in the land of Oz. about 500 words or a 3 minute read.
|“Good gracious!” cried Dorothy, shrinking back as far as the narrow path would let her.For, standing within the narrow chamber of rock, was the form of a man–or, at least, it seemed like a man, in the dim light. He was only about as tall as Dorothy herself, and his body was round as a ball and made out of burnished copper. Also his head and limbs were copper, and these were jointed or hinged to his body in a peculiar way, with metal caps over the joints, like the armor worn by knights in days of old. He stood perfectly still, and where the light struck upon his form it glittered as if made of pure gold.
“Don’t be frightened,” called Billina, from her perch. “It isn’t alive.”
“I see it isn’t,” replied the girl, drawing a long breath.
“It is only made out of copper, like the old kettle in the barn-yard at home,” continued the hen, turning her head first to one side and then to the other, so that both her little round eyes could examine the object.
Dorothy stepped inside the little room to get a back view of the copper man, and in this way discovered a printed card that hung between his shoulders, it being suspended from a small copper peg at the back of his neck. She unfastened this card and returned to the path, where the light was better, and sat herself down upon a slab of rock to read the printing.
“What does it say?” asked the hen, curiously.
Dorothy read the card aloud, spelling out the big words with some difficulty; and this is what she read:
“I don’t know,” answered Dorothy, who had more to read. “Listen to this, Billina:”
“Well, I declare!” gasped the yellow hen, in amazement; “if the copper man can do half of these things he is a very wonderful machine. But I suppose it is all humbug, like so many other patented articles.”
“We might wind him up,” suggested Dorothy, “and see what he’ll do.”
“Where is the key to the clock-work?” asked Billina.
|From Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.
Published by Not known in 1907
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