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In this chapter, the narrator steps in to describe facts and figures about the Earth: the number of kings and businessmen and conceited men and tipplers, and the army of lamplighters who had to work in concert to keep the Earth illuminated before the invention of electricity.
The narrator imagines what it would be like to look on the Earth from space and watch all the lights turn on and off, all across the globe. (If we knew the narrator’s email ID, we’d send him a link to this video; he’d probably enjoy it.)