The silk thread, on the other hand, which wrapped them together so they could be weighed, had an extremely long and fine filament that kept breaking no matter how many times we tried to tie it. We would then have to start all over again with another thread (also exceedingly fine) that finally succeeded in tying together the egg and the flower. But when we lifted the scale, it turned out that one of them had slipped down and they could no longer be weighed against each other because they were no longer in equilibrium.