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  • Fredrich IV made some poor decisions with the stalling tactics What do you think?
  • I wonder how Uncle Herbert is doing.
  • I agree. I do not side with him.
  • The stories are well. Here, I have one for you and some $$.
  • Good moring Uncle Herbert. How are the stories coming along?
  • It’s so nice of him to give you books. If he didn’t, you wouldn't be able to read at all! Books are just to expensive .
  • I know mom, I said thank you.
  • I woke up one Saturday and walked through the town of Mainz, Germany. The people talking about poor decisions made by Fredrich IV. I was going to the Monks house where my Uncle Herbert lived. Monks hand-wrote books for the town and they were well payed. My family was poor, so he supplied us with money and books. My mom worked 4 day per week at bad paying shops. My dad died from sickness about 14 years ago.   
  • What is all of that noise?
  • How bout' it!
  • When I arrived, Uncle Herbert was already at the door waiting for me.   He handed me some cash and a small book.  I say thank you and start my way back to my home. I find my mom sitting on my porch when I arrived home.
  • Amazing!
  • Hello Heidi! This is my latest invention, The Printing Press! Attention, this machine is going to change your lives! It will write down any story of your liking faster than any human!”
  • Then my Mother started explaining to me how lucky we are to have Uncle Herbert.
  • But mom, how will we afford to live? You know there aren’t many available jobs that you can take. And, how will I be able to read?”
  • Afterward, I ran onto my bed and flipped open to the first page. Sometimes  reading the hand writing is hard, but I always understand. Monks choose what they want the community to read, so the collection is quite small. I spent the rest of the day reading and doing chores. I'm getting ready for bed when I see all of this commotion outside my window.
  • My mom is already out the door, and I trail behind her. I make my way through the crowd and find my neighbor Johannes Gutenberg standing with this weird machine. He is an inventor. I had grown up next to him, and he had invented many trinkets before. But nothing quite like this. We started to talk.
  • “Hi Johannes, what is this?”
  • After, I noticed it was getting late and my mother was probably home waiting for me to come back. I headed back home, but to my surprise she wasn’t there when I arrived. I stood outside for a while when she finally showed up. I asked her where she was, but then saw tears in her eyes. We talked and then I started to tear up too.
  • I was just talking to your Uncle, he said he is going to lose his job.Because of the printing press, Monks don't need to hand write everything. Like Johannes said, it is a life changer.
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