The old System was still in place— there were slips of pastel paper everywhere, falling from the counter, stuck into corners, crumpled in pockets and carpeting the corridor. It was her job to gather them all up and turn them into gears that creaked, so as to both produce and preserve. In that way the books refilled the shelves. The gramophone man was examining a bruised spine with an old label numbered 1111 at a time when they were already at 4444. Perhaps by then it should have been slipped into the bunker to sit for ages piled in the cold concrete, only to resurface in winter, when the people no longer expected something new. The gramophone man noticed the crease marks that spread like broken capillaries across the black cover, but he did not seem to care. He caught her eye.