The Library of Babel
Rules and Order Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite, perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries. (1)
From the very first sentence of this story, it's clear that there's going to be an emphasis on the structural. How the universe is constructed and what it is composed of is going to be a really important theme.
The arrangement of the galleries is always the same: Twenty bookshelves, five to each side, line four of the hexagon's six sides; the height of the bookshelves, floor to ceiling, is hardly greater than the height of a normal librarian. (1)
The fact that every single room is exactly the same makes us think that everything is very, very orderly in this universe.
One of the hexagon's free sides opens onto a narrow sort of vestibule, which in turn opens onto another gallery, identical to the first – identical in fact to all. (1)
Are you getting the picture? Everything is THE SAME. It almost makes us want to scream.