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- Psuedo-London. This is the 20th century!
- In the late 19th century, there were two people who wanted to bring furniture to life. A Sir Ébéniste and a Baroness Noble were the pioneers for this project, but knew it was difficult to achieve.
- Instruments were Noble's primary interest because she always viewed them as people. She was curious if the sounds that the pianos and flutes matched up with how they really "feel", if they felt anything at all. Ébéniste felt that wood also had potential as "living beings" and on multiple occasions stated that the wood he worked with "sang" to him. He also was worried whenever he heard squeaking, as he thought that they were screaming in pain. Their ideas seemed barbaric, and inhumane. Who were they to make inanimate objects become living beings? And who was to say that they would actually "gain" feelings and opinions?
- However, when the duo attended the World Fair of 1910, they would finally find that their dreams were possible. With the help of, they gained the abilities to let people see these mysterious and wondrous personifications of the furniture and instruments. It was,if anything, better than having nothing.
- Eli Moxley used to be in an adventure in his elementary age at his primary school and the local Menagerie. He loved the piano, and was part of the school's choir (in terms that he was the piano player during the school plays.)
- He loved playing the grand piano at home, but his uncle Hugo hated whenever people "dirtied" his furniture and belongings. He was, after all, a very materialistic man, who bought a lot of things but never used them.
- This story takes place 8 years later, when he is 20. Here, he is now a "professional" piano player who lives on his own. After he finished college, Hugo kicked him out of the house--not wanting to financially support him anymore. He gives him a "respectable" salary and sends him off.
- Eli finds work at a local Magic Hall, where he is the piano player there. He grows attached to this piano, especially when he doesn't have the chance to play as much. Here, he meets Lulu Rogers, one of the "former" stars of the show. She sticks around because she still believes she's the main attraction, but is also in charge of recruiting new people.
- One day, the piano speaks to him, and he sees her as...a human. He grows to befriend her, and they have a grand time together. However, the Magic Hall is on the brink of closing down. No one's really interested in their display anymore, and the first thing they want to get rid of is the piano. Of course, Lulu wants to keep the piano, as it has been there ever since her first day. She says that the Magic Hall bought it in honor of her, and it must definitely be recognized that she is the owner of the piano. Eli is against it, as he's seen how she treats the poor piano and gets angered whenever she "abuses" her.
- This is really just an adventure for Eli, to show that he wasn't going to become the golden boy that Edie predicted he was. In fact, by the end of the story, Eli becomes traumatized by the experience and, in a way, became "broken."