Their euphoria about the precision with which
knowledge of the knee joint could inform predictions
about many aspects of the human organism
– for instance, the dimensions of the bones and the
cavities between them could yield body length and lifespan
and there were already indications as to the
sexual and political tempers and the economy of ideas–
was, after a few months of intensive research, dampened
when it appeared that the knee also supplied various
measurements which no known method of conversion
could attribute to any aspect of human life.
While most of them, with waning zeal, continued their
search for increasingly improbable possibilities of connection,
the more dour among them were overwhelmed by sadness
that the perfect proportions behind the knee-cap had
apparently not been granted a counterpart in the rest of the body.
They set out to design a new body for the knee
that would in all aspects be a reflection of thatlogic
that surpasses all human comprehension,
at the centre of which the knee itself would have a
position where, without interference of the senses,
it could develop its own system of perception
for the establishment of a ruthlessness of action.
Via extensive selection, the person to be awarded theright
to donate his knee for transplantation was appointed,
and under the jealous eyes of his colleagues he could see
how the most exquisite element of his anatomy
was mounted on the crossing of the nine limbs,
each with its own distinctive function and dimensions.
From behind armoured glass, they could witness how
the new creature was awakened inside a bunker.
For five days, nothing could be seen but random
spasms and on the sixth day, all was quiet.
Was it preparing itself for its unfathomable deeds
or was it simply unable to force its body into motion?
On the seventh day, unannounced and in a way
for which their designs did not supply the conditions,the
contraption rose, and hovered there for a few tentative moments,
then fell back and damaged itself irredeemably.
perfection, they told each other, is of limited term.