"The telephone is the instrument of the devil"
The telephone was first demonstrated in Stockholm in 1877. At first, phones were found in general stores, telegraph offices and drug stores. The greatest fear, however, was that the telephone was in some way able to attract evil spirits, or at least thunder and lightning.
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Strindberg's telephone tragedy
The story in "Half a sheet of foolscrap," takes place within a few minutes during a day in Stockholm in the early 1900s. A young man is in the process of moving. As he is leaving, he notices a half sheet of paper tacked to the wall by the phone on which numerous telephone numbers have been written.
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