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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | Chapter 26 | Summary

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At this point, Arthur Dent still cannot grasp what Slartibartfast's story has to do with Earth and mice and everything else that's been happening. The old man explains that this is only the first half of the story. He suggests that Arthur discover for himself what happened on the great day of the Answer, 7.5 million years later. He can experience the events on the Sens-O-Tape records back at Slartibartfast's study.

Before leaving, the old man invites Arthur to have a look at the New Earth under construction. He explains that it is only half finished. The artificial dinosaur skeletons still need to be buried in the crust, and individual geologic layers of the Cenozoic Era need to be laid down.

Analysis

At this point, Arthur Dent remains as confused as readers. While creating this bridge to the next section, Adams assures readers that the connection between Slartibartfast's story, Earth, and mice will be explained.

When Slartibartfast invites Arthur to have a look at the New Earth, Adams has some fun with showing how the geologic and evolutionary history of planet Earth was faked. Science has determined that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Yet, according to the story, Earth was only 7.5 million years old when it was destroyed.

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