When am I going to eat a full meal and not street scraps?
Please, can I have something? A little bit of money? Anything?
This could be my chance. My dream was to become a wealthy business man and help other people get to where I am with books
Have you heard the rumors that have been going around the city? There is this guy named Johannes Gutenberg who has printed the first bible and can make it for a lower price than what the monks charge.
He lives on fifth street
It was early in the year 1444. Books are really expensive and no one really has them. Hans and his family are really poor. He is living on a thread in Mainz, Germany. He wants to become a businessman, but his parents don't have the money to send him to a school. Fortunately, he knows how to read, but does not have any books to do so.
Do you know where Johannes Gutenberg lives?
The next thing I knew, I was begging on the streets. I was not trying to rip off the people, I was just trying to get enough money to live. How would I ever become a good business man.
Yes I am Johannes Gutenberg
Hi. Are you Johannes Gutenberg?
Sure, come over here.
The next day, while I was walking along the shore talking to Otto, I knew this man he was talking about was my way to the good life. From the little I know about business, if you make it for cheaper, you sell it for cheaper. Maybe, just maybe, I could work for him so I could earn enough money to buy a book about German business.
Can I see your invention and your books with the prices?
Later that day, I was determined to meet this man named Johannes Gutenberg, so I went exploring all over the city asking people if they knew him and finally I found one person who knew where he lived.
I went running all the way to fifth street. When I knocked on the door, it opened and a man stepped out.
Then we started to talk, he showed me the prices of his books. He showed me how he made the books with a revolutionary machine called the printing press. They where a fraction of the cost compared to the ones ones made by monks due to how efficient it was. Despite this, still I could not afford to buy the book on German business.