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The Working Man
Fragment 1LN6 infobox
Fragment 1

The Monomorphism

Japanese Name


Romanized Name

Hataraku Otoko



Release Date

October, 2010 (The Sneaker)





"The Working Man" is the 1st fragment of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 6. The special chapter is also labeled as "The Monomorphism".

A hard-working shopkeeper can't rest, otherwise his business will be ruined, so he consults with a suspicious doctor.[1]


There’s a small shop with a red sign in the city. A serious middle-aged man works from early morning until late at night every day. He has no relatives or friends. The buyers are few. There is never enough money. The hard worker overstrains himself. He goes to a suspicious hospital. Inside the place, there’s only a man in white coat. The doctor prescribes a strengthening medicine. However, the middle-aged man has to rest for three days. Unfortunately, the man will go broke if he stops working. He has no one to work for him, and he has no money to hire someone. If only he had a second body, he would have time to rest. The doctor then removes a Phantom Book Egg from a drawer. He tells the patient that the book will help him. The shopkeeper only needs to use it in the right dose.

Three days later, the shopkeeper returns to the hospital. He’s almost recovered, but something is troubling him. He shows the exact copy of himself to the doctor. The latter sees two identical middle-aged men. The doctor explains that the division worked perfectly. One man had become two, like a cell dividing itself. Now the shopkeeper has a second body, as he requested.

Soon, both shopkeepers get used to each other. They work hard and they rest in turn. Now twice as many things are carried and the work is twice as efficient. The shopkeepers wonder how much profit they will get if they keep dividing themselves. The Phantom Book Egg is used once again.

The ordinary shop with a red sign becomes popular. It’s open all day long, every day of the year. The workers are all identical, so they usually attract a crowd. The shop becomes incredibly profitable. Soon, shops with red signs spread throughout the country, always with the same familiar faces. Eventually, a cold winter comes, bringing a strong cold.

Inside the suspicious hospital, the doctor discusses genetic diversity with a green-haired girl. Due to sexual reproduction, different genes combine, resulting in an offspring with improved resistance to diseases and climatic changes. However, according to the doctor, the phenomenon doesn’t happen in species that reproduce asexually. They are killed with the slightly change in their environment. A disease can extinguish a whole species. The girl laughs at such foolishness.

The shop with the red sign is forgotten. There’re no buyers inside. After all, the owner is dead.[1]


  • In biology and zoology, monomorphism is the occurrence of only one morph or form in the population of a species, when there's only one possibility of a trait on a gene. On the other hand, for example, the jaguar is polymorphic because its skin can be light or dark. Another example of polymorphism is sexual dimorphism, the condition where the two sexes of the same species exhibit different characteristics beyond the differences in their sexual organs.[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Fragment 1, volume 6.
  2. Polymorphism (biology). (2020, May 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:08, May 22, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Polymorphism_(biology)&oldid=954477653
  3. Sexual dimorphism. (2020, May 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:18, May 22, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sexual_dimorphism&oldid=956572160
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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight