Malcolm was very capable but must have been the most tedious bore in the factory. He was in charge of the knitting and weaving. If you asked Malcolm a question he would drone on and on. And on.
Claus, the boss, asked Emile if he would discuss with Malcolm the timing of some knitting procedure.
“And get a three hour lecture on how to make a clock?” said Emile.
“I’ll tell you what,” said Claus, “we’ll both go together and tell him we have an important meeting to attend in quarter of an hour.”
So they did that, and they were only one hour twenty minutes late for their fictional meeting. However, they both now know how to make a clock.