Chapter 4 introduces us to the "black and oil" that extends "the breadth of the cosmos and beyond." Deeper into this (very short) chapter, we read that "a giant finger the width of a star system stretched forth..."
What!?! A finger the width of a star system? Who could believe that?
Lol! This is science fiction! I love concepts that are out there (literally in this case) and blow my mind with, What If?
You know, if this could be true, then maybe something else could be true, and anyway, we don't know, because we're not out there.
It's a matter of belief, faith, trust in crazy concepts that can drive other crazy concepts, and so on, and so on, and so on.
Like (for those of you from the day), she told two friends, then she told two friends, then she told two friends.