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"How can I help it?" implored the Clockwork man, in despair. "They made me like this. I don't want to alarm you鈥攂ut, you know, it alarms me sometimes. You can't imagine how trying it is to feel that at any moment you might change into something else鈥攕ome horrible tree-climbing ancestor. The thing ought not to happen, but it's always possible. They should have thought of that when they made the clock."