The myriad spirits crowding behind each blade of grass—the djinns, phantasies, notions and paradoxes that hide trembling beyond postboxes, wardrobes or phone booths—the secrets concealed just there, on the opposite face of the visible...
Beatrix Kondo, in her quest to see behind everything, has lit upon the idea of detecting the shadows cast behind objects.
To this end, she has invented a fascinating new machine: a shadow detector.
It is comprised of several sensitive, carefully calibrated instruments. She points it at an object, and the instruments measure whether a shadow exists behind that object.
To banish all shadows from the front of the object, allowing a more accurate reading of its rear, she has installed a bright spotlight on the front of the machine as well.
She has discovered that, no matter what object she points her machine at, she detects a shadow on the other side. This is true even when she can visually verify, from another angle, that there is no shadow present when the machine is not pointed at the object.
This leads her to conclude that shadows actually exist on the other side of everywhere. Our failure to spot them is merely a sad human limitation.