Mansion of Maleficence by Per Jorner - Introduction - Rules - Start - Sections

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As you turn the minute hand to bring the hour hand into position one final time, something begins to hum and whirr deep inside the clock. There is a resonant rumbling, and then the clock chimes loudly and vibrantly: one, two, three... nine times in all. There is a final grinding sound as the old gears come to rest once again. You cannot help but shiver as you realize everyone and everything in the house must have heard this penetrating sound. But apart from some lingering reverberations in the clock's wooden frame, all seems quiet. What has happened may have had some effect which will only become apparent later on. If you should ever find yourself in a paragraph which mentions green wallpaper, finish reading the paragraph you are on and make a note of its number, then turn to the paragraph corresponding to the number of times the clock struck multiplied by ten. As for now, you can only leave the study and try the door opposite. Turn to 58.