....and the journey
“What dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs,” writes Alexander Pope in The Rape of the Lock; “What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things!” He could count on his classically educated audience to “get” the allusion to the opening of Virgil’s Æneid where we learn—if we take the old poet seriously—that practically everything that happened to Æneas, not to mention most of the rest of ancient history, came about because the queen of the gods was snubbed by an Arcadian shepherd in a beauty pageant.
There are a few salient features of letterpress equipment, as viewed from the perspective of one who would set out to clean it up. (1) it tends to be very heavy; (2) it gets very dirty; (3) there are thousands of little pieces that need precisely accurate sorting and storing; (4) it is the easiest thing in the world to scramble these pieces. (5) When you are tired or in a hurry there is an invincible temptation to postpone sorting and storing. Hence (6) it is laughable to think you will get anywhere in half a day!