Act I – Signature xvii – Failsafe Invitational

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Act I – Signature xvii – Failsafe Invitational.

I – xvii – (xviii) – Their one most . . . casual silence ensued.

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Their one most . . . casual silence ensued (2.10 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Global Village: Matthieu’s estancia.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sasha & Iphgene.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Vorga (Ampersand).

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Their daughter Lisavetta.

                Purpose: Details the parental lapses leading to their daughter’s temporal abduction.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Domestic realism.

                Relevance/Transition: A lot of back story has gone into scenes that have proven anti-climactic or irrelevant . . .

Adwakny, beste bitte, Eccles., dan don dun

Circa August 1999. The encounter between the POD and the Global Village.

Mr. and Mrs. Van Etnabaron, pre-occupied with various tasks (Sasha is intent on recovering the archeological finds from his recent voyage, while Iphgene is departing to skate in the Failsafe Invitational) leave their daughter in the care of Vorga, one of Rex Ampersand’s daughters. Sasha has a brief colloquy with Alger, a shadowy assistant, and learns that the couplets have been removed from the boat. They suspect the newcomer Anselm, in his latest incarnation as an innocent youth.

I – xvi – (x) – As the fjulsfut expedition swerved . . . to set him aflame prematurely.

As the fjulsfut expedition swerved . . . to set him aflame prematurely (6.68 KB).          

            Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Nicean node Miranda, as viewed by Ferguson at the Kalisthenes Institute.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: An earlier fjulsfut expedition.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: The neuro-Niceans.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Ohno (a Nicean); Lothar Flusstapfer, Gretchen/Justine; Logan Ferguson.

                Purpose: The fjulsfut ignore Ohno’s cautious references to the fate of the neuro-Niceans (in-progress?) and plow into the early Earth, SPLIT while a rough transition details Lothar coping with the failure of his medical research.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Surrealism.

                Relevance/Transition: Logan takes an active hand in the narrative by setting up the premise of the next chapter verbally. . . .

 The negotiation of . . . stop pinging time.       

Circa June 2002. Approaching the Earth, the rebel Niceans have lapsed into a voyeuristic stupor and are disturbed by a message from inter-regnum Ambassador and by something that triggers the tapper’s alarms.

 Depicted as having “a wish . . . to hasten this by setting it on fire and melting it, prematurely because the whole point of burning man was the solution,” the opening character is most likely the proto-phlebotomist Herr Flusstapfer, Gretchen’s employer, who sees to his grand design (Ch. X – Unconvinced of the . . . pressing concert) to spoil the dispensationalists’ vacation by setting burning man on fire before they arrive. Risk attribution is high. The sketch is intended as indirect reference to the demise of Herr Flusstapfer’s genome project due to the pharmaceutical strike (Ch. IX – The dispensationalists enjoyed . . . the approach of an enthalpist). He claims credit for inventing the “transmutational bypass facilities (Ch. IX – When are we . . . in a jar; Ch. X – As the scrub . . . tentative wave).” Gretchen reminds Lothar of his notes (see 1972 black book) and succeeds in calming him momentarily.

 I – xvii – (xviii) – . . . some consequent opinions sure to . . . surf the hissies once more.

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. . . some consequent opinions sure to . . . surf the hissies once more (2.29 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Global Village.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Alger.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: (Sasha) Van Etnabaron.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Vorga.

                Purpose: Distracted by the disruption of his archeological expedition, Sasha allows Vorga to spirit his daughter away.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Parody of social realism.

                Relevance/Transition: Intervenes between chi restoration episodes which themselves might be spaced farther apart . . .

 Adwakny, beste bitte, Eccles., dan don dun

Circa August 1999. The encounter between the POD and the Global Village.

 Mr. and Mrs. Van Etnabaron, pre-occupied with various tasks (Sasha is intent on recovering the archeological finds from his recent voyage, while Iphgene is departing to skate in the Failsafe Invitational) leave their daughter in the care of Vorga, one of Rex Ampersand’s daughters. Sasha has a brief colloquy with Alger, a shadowy assistant, and learns that the couplets have been removed from the boat. They suspect the newcomer Anselm, in his latest incarnation as an innocent youth.

I – xv – (ii) – So what if . . . trends of thought.

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So what if someone had chosen . . . established trends of thought (3.14 KB).

             Narrator: Depending on the displacement of foreshadowing material from Act III to early Act I, the Miranda sketches (including those not in the subscene) might shift from early to mid Act I. Consider having Marta, as part of her internship for the Village podesta, contact the facilitators to intervene with the cognomen, who is a disruptive influence and must be neutralized. Thus introduced, Marta can then read the “dry” 13th century history as part of her studies.

                A Time & A Place (Setting): A check-out line.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Creed. Slam.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Althea.

                Purpose: After buying a one-way ticket to Ossian, Creed Slam doesn’t have enough money for snacks.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): A breezy bowdlerization of ancient text into surrealism.

                Relevance/Transition: The sketch placement early in Book One gives the impression that this is a warning to beware, it gets even worse . . .

So what if someone has chosen . . . established trends of thought.    

Circa April 1993 (heavily revised December 2005). Reconstitution of 1993 manuscripts illustrating the plight of common man entwined in shadow.

[Circa 2005] An exchange in the marketplace of ideas between Creed Slam and Althea, the continued receipt of whose mail by Frank (Ch. X – What other weirs . . . involved comptometry) indicates she no longer survives. [11/21/2008] Althea (“dissociative and also enunciative of prohibitives, her perceptive display of persipicacity had Creed Slam swamped to within sensibilities quantifiably meretricious yet immeasurable”) lives on, helping Mantissa avenge her loss of honor (II – vii – (iv) – Meeting of minds in the Inference Library). In the meantime, this sketch, while lively, was difficult to place, and moreover featured a superseded character, Creed Slam, who “recalled the events of the previous evening during that, at the same location, he arrived upon the existence kiosk nine shillings short of a stone.” He is presumably buying a one-way plane ticket. An unidentified person “behind him expressing astonishment, optimism, and Einverstandnis, became quickly demonstrative that no intention of advancing the requisite pittance was imminent.” In time, the text was reassigned from Creed to Bitsy’s spouse, Slam (I – xiii – (v) – Logan was often . . . along the shore formlessly), who buys a ticket to Ossian (I – xv – (ii) – So what if . . . trends of thought) hoping to find a cure for his children (I – xii – (iii) – Articulation of Zsigmondy and its impact upon Snorggi’s Syndrome), although the unidentified person remains thus.

I – xx – (xwix) – Disconcerting her preliminary . . . Heppleweis went in.

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Disconcerting her preliminary . . . Heppleweis went in (2.81 KB).

                A Time & A Place (Setting): FRANCE. The Failsafe Invitational. Format Zoo Garden.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Iphgene Heppleweis.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Other skaters.

                Purpose: An attempt to portray the insider folklore of various skating rinks.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Social satire.

                Relevance/Transition: Might this be conjugated with another sketch?

Failsafe Invitational     

Circa October 2000. Iphgene travels to France to participate in the skating tournament.

[Thanks to J.W. for taking me to visit the zoo]. An agoraphobic sketch of Iphgene practicing in the Format Zoo. This match, apparently the first of the Failsafe Invitational tournament, occurs weeks after the Earth’s stoppage, shortly after the death of Ylferim is discovered by Sasha (Ch. III – Adwakny, best bitte, eccles, dan don dun). Three other rinks are mentioned, in the parlance of the skating community: “the windy walk, another cold stadium, and the hope crusher.” This is an attempt to foreshadow other settings. The tournament is a five round event. One other round is specifically described so far: the muddy rink in St. Petersburg (Ch. X – As the scrub . . . tentative wave), which takes place a month later. Iphgene has left her daughter, Lizavetta, in the care of Vorga, whose reaction to being used by her father, Rex Ampersand, is not yet written, but she can’t be very happy.

I – xvii – (iv) – Now persons instilled . . . a newer light.

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Now persons instilled . . . a newer light (6.90 KB).

            Narrator: The 1997 et al sketches are framed either by the fjulsfut core sample or by the Failsafe Invitational (see Act I – iv: “A word, at least … of his own care.”)

                A Time & A Place (Setting): 1997.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Rex Ampersand.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: His daughter Sandra.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The Contessa Constancia Nadeladimov; the Marquis de Suppressant; Sergei Kalamparample.

                Purpose: Rex is overwhelmed by preparations for the turnover of a smaller isle to the mainland.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist.

                Relevance/Transition: Sergei’s presence casts events in “a newer light.”

The history of being . . .

Circa February 2003. Revised August 2005. Rex Ampersand, involved in activities transferring Hong Kong to PRC, enlists the aid of Horace for one of the ceremonies.

Complimentary to the likewise introductory sketch Ch. I – FSW – ASIA, the history of being . . . was germinated after I accidentally startled my neighbor who had left her lights on prior to the days of shock and awe. A character study opens in 1999, featuring the industrious Rex Ampersand, obscure claimant to the British throne (Ch. X – Whenever Frank donned . . . their purpose awaited rewind), who mediates among his squabbling children while preparing to hand Hong Kong over to mainland sovereignty . . . Rex returns to lamenting the bygone days of his youth and his failed courtship of the Contessa Constancia Nadeladimov (profiled in Ch. I – On the morning . . . unfolding elsewhere), yet feels the tug of imperative dragging him into the limelight once more. His depression does not fail to escape the notice of the Marquis de Suppressant (whose fey resolve is sketched in Ch. I – WHENUN~1). This is a stage for the Marquis to invite Rex to participate in meeting the stellar master (Ch. X – I never would have . . . respectable adjectives). Rex declines and eventually delivers an elegy at Suppressant’s memorial thirteen years later (Ch. X – As the somber strains . . . filled the rotunda).

I – xvii – (i) – . . . a nearly rabid hovel . . .

i – Heliotropic Rays of Crepuscularity.

Circa March 2008. Character sketch of the geologist Mohorovic.

Andreij goes on to fall into one of his shafts (I – xvii – (i) – . . . a nearly rabid hovel . . .), where he discovers wishram, and he is later involved in a supernatural golf match (I – xxii – (xwix) – Mohorovic . . . maintained. Watch) featuring the Trinity, Piero (II – v – (viii) – Piero had travelled so far . . . from those happier times), and Satan (I – vii – (xii) – Abiding under . . . the darkest of thought).

I – xvii – (iv) – And so, the informercials . . . stood idly by to listen.

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7. And so, the informercials . . . stood idly by to listen (5.38 KB).

             Narrator: The 1997 et al sketches are framed either by the fjulsfut core sample or by the Failsafe Invitational (see Act I – iv: “A word, at least … of his own care.”)

                A Time & A Place (Setting): 1997 – A protest to save the seals, or salmon, depending on which side of the street one stands.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sergei Kalamparample.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Park, Gretchen, Rex Ampersand.

                Purpose: Sergei, broaching his plan to forestall globalization, is confronted by Gretchen in a canvassing role. Shouldn’t this be her first appearance (never mind)? The sketch serves to introduce several characters.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist.

                Relevance/Transition: This sketch might (probably not, though) be postponed and tied in with the subsequent Dominion Day 1997 picnic. One of the (Anastasi?) elders begins a tale, duly recorded . . .

FSW – ASIA.                                                                            

Circa March 1999. Thoughts upon the twilight of prosperity (however the North-South dichotomy is skewed and unprintable). Dialogue between Sergei and Park upon market forces.

A retrospective upon the end of the 20th century. “Altogether those were good days for us, and the poorest of us had money to spend and to lend, and leisure to make beautiful things for the fun of it, not to speak of the most marvellous and magical toys, the like of which is not to be found in the world now-a-days.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984) p. 20. A commentary upon NAFTA and the North-South dichotomy is problematic. Sergei and Park have a dialogue upon market forces: “Our entire system is based upon somebody getting stuck with the hot potato.” Accosted by the ubiquitous Gretchen, Sergei demonstrates the manuscript’s penchant for wilful misinterpretation of the spoken word. Contrast his breezy response with the self-destructive tendencies of the enthalpist when confronted by the proselytizer (Ch. I – baha). This sketch, if farcical and controversial, is at least easy on the eye and useful in foreshadowing orthographic techniques.

 

 

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