Telephone Call, murder, police call – The story begins late at night when Francois Delambre is roused by a Telephone call by his sister in law. She informs him that she murdered her husband Audre an requests him to call the police. Francois,unable to persuade Helena to share the reason for murdering his brother, informs the police. Commissaire Charas picks him up to visit the factory together. The conversation en route between them reveals that his brother used to carry out his research work in the laboratory attached to the factory. He lived with his family at a house located on the back of the factory. On visiting the factory, they find mangled remains of his brother, his head and arm crushed under the steam-hammer.
(discuss the dislike of technology of narrator and what is portends)
Investigation, no reason, commissioner, =>The way the body was oriented under the hammer aroused suspicion. It is further revealed that Helene, the suspected murderer, did not know how to operate the hammer. After weeks of investigation, Francoid gets a clean chit and Helene was presumed mad. Helene never defended herself and maintained she killed her husband. But there were two unsolved mysteries – Why she killed him? And why the victim so obligingly stuck his hand and head under the hammer.
On further investifation a loophole was found in Helen’s confession and another mystery added to the list – Why the steam-hammer was brought down two times. Another plausibility that victim is not Audre was ruled out due to identification of a scar running from his knee to thigh. Further, it is revealed that most interesting documents and instrumnts were destroyed.
Fly, henry, fly life, threaten to go to police, etc – Helen now transferred to an asylum where insane prisoner were spent her time sewing along with an awkward hobby of catching flies and releasing them after careful examination.AlsoHeleen, just once, had a fit of raving when she saw a nurse squatting fly. This raises question on whether she is actually mad or just pretending. And links of flies with the brother’s experiments. Later Henry also mentions flies and asks about their lifespan. He mentions about a fly he saw with white head and a funny sort of leg. The mention of odd looking head and leg points to the link with murder of Audre whose hand and head were crushed under the hammer.
Later when Francois viits the asylum, Helene asks him the same question about the lifespan of a fly. On threatening to hand over that fly to Commissaire, Heleen agrees to reveal the secret and asks Francois to destroy the fly in return.
Manuscript – Heleen hands over her confession to Francois. It is revealed that Audre has invested a machine called Dintegrator-Reintegrator to transport matter over space. There were two machines in the basement- Trasmitter pod and receiver. An object is entered in transmitter where it disintegrates and appears at the receiving pod where the same object integrates.Audres dream was to develop this technology as future means of transport replacing the existing transporation systems. He carried out a few unsuccessful experiments. First he tried to transport and ashtray which appeared fine after transmission but later it was revealed that”Made in Japan” written on back of tray is now in reversed order. He creased out the glitches and attempts transmitting his family cat Dandelo which disintegrated at transmitter pod but did not reintegrate at receiver pod. He further attempts at perfecting the instrument. Obsessed with proving the technology, he carried out the experiment on himself. Unfortunately, a fly entered the transmitter pod and disintegrates-reintegrates with Audre thus swapping their parts(head and hand). This explains the mystery of fly with white head and funny of leg and why only head and hand of Audre were quashed under hammer. The only hope was to catch the fly and repeat the experiment to try and reverse the situation. Unsuccessful at their attempts at recovering the fly , to humor her wife, Audre repeats the experiment. This proved to be a disaster as the disintegrated parts of their cat Dandelo interfered with the transmission further disfiguring Audre. His body as especially face is now a fusuion of cat fly and human parts. With this the hope of reversing the damage also gets sharreted and death remained the only way out to salvation. Thus on Audre’s request, Helen agrees for mercy killing.
I who had ever been a true Catholic, who believed in God and another, better life hereafter, have today but one hope: that when I die, I really die, and that there may be no afterlife of any sort because, if there is, then I shall never forget! Day and night, awake or asleep, I see it, and I know that I am condemned to see it forever, even perhaps into oblivion!
NOW YOU UNDERSTAND. THAT LAST EXPERIMENT WAS A NEW DISASTER, MY POOR HELENE. I SUPPOSE YOU RECOGNIZED PART OF DANDELO’S HEAD. WHEN I WENT INTO THE DISINTEGRATOR JUST NOW, MY HEAD WAS ONLY THAT OF A FLY. I NOW ONLY HAVE ITS EYES AND MOUTH LEFT. THE REST HAS BEEN REPLACED BY PARTS OF THE CAT’S HEAD. POOR DANDELO WHOSE ATOMS HAD NEVER COME TOGETHER. YOU SEE NOW THAT THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION, DON’T YOU? I MUST DISAPPEAR. KNOCK ON THE DOOR WHEN YOU ARE READY AND I SHALL EXPLAIN WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.
Brother – FrancoisDelambre
Commissioner – Charas
Husband – Audre