Act I – Signature xxiii – Loose Leafs From the Hall of Heretics

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Act I – Signature xxiii – Loose Leafs From the Hall of Heretics.

 I – xxii – (xwix) – Well, as You may or may not know . . . and left them.

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Well, as You may or may not know . . . and left them (3.17 KB).

             Narrator: Sets up the metamorphosis of the neutro-Niceans; movement and wordplay (“links of after action”) used to tie in with Iphgene’s skating and adjoining golf sketches. . . .

                A Time & A Place (Setting): A Platonic realm/Rex’s pension in FRANCE.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: The Arch-Deceiver.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Prince O’Darkness.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Shadow puppet; Iphgene Heppleweis.

                Purpose: The Judeo-Christian worldview authorizes an onslaught against the Zorastrianist Prince O’Darkness, one of the main threads of Book Two, The Evicted, and Book Three, Kindavaking.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Allegory.

                Relevance/Transition: Unleashing the premise for the next two books, the sketch returns to the post-Failsafe wrap-up, where Iphgene recovers her child . . .

Failsafe Invitational

Circa July 1998. Segue to an ethereal golf match between the Trinity and Satan.

Amidst the sporting metaphor there’s a segue to a ephemeral golf match between the Trinity, crashed by Lucifer, who takes time to explain that Prince O’Darkness has been loosed upon the Earth, and seeks permission from shadow puppet to track down the POD. This long-standing joke, smirching the name of Mohorovicic, who is a human foil to the ethereal dialogue, as inserted, shows the arch-deceiver acting in bad faith, as he’s already dispatched his Prefect (Ch. II – On short notice, PRINCIP1) on the mission. Legalistically, he is pleading to send his second emissary, the Rat with the Horns (Ch. XI – Although known . . . that he will instruct him). A twisted dialogue between shadow puppet and holy spirit closes that scene.

I – xxiii – (xwix) – Park thought back to the . . . family men.

 Park thought back to the . . . family men (2.26 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Rex’s pension, shortly after the Failsafe Invitational.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sergei Kalamparample.

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

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Alger (changed from Park).

                Purpose: A diagnostic interlude further luring Sasha into the bleak plot.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist.

                Relevance/Transition: Reference in passing to aircraft accident braces the reader for the neuro-Niceans’ doom.

 Failsafe Invitational      .

Circa October 2000. Iphgene travels to France to participate in the skating tournament. She is contacted by kidnappers. She rushes through her program much to the dismay of the audience. Iphgene recovers her child safely. Her husband, Sasha, interrupting his spa, rushes to confront the kidnappers and is pacified by their jovial blackmailing efforts.

 Lizavetta’s father Sasha, storming out of his restorative session (Ch. IV - Harl fencing with GM, Sasha & Marta set off for the Chrysostom house; Ch. XI - The hushed and anxious whispering . . . was exactly done) after a long train journey over the Pyrenees, is chilled by a meeting with Sergei, who cites their common shady past, and everyone is restored to amicability. Alger has a role in the session that is far beneath his dignity. Sergei gives Sasha a copy of his macro-ouerve (Ch. VI - In different . . . wind up with itself), which is part of a plot to persuade the U.S. electorate to amend the constitution allowing non-naturalized residents to run for president (Ch. X – I have always loved . . . in any state; Binaca’s children occured . . . to risk finding them; Art is extravagance . . . who won the last word; They . . . at once knew and how).

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Circa December 1999 (revised November 2006). Sasha is inducted into the circles of the Founders’ League.

 This huge old sketch was left unsummarized during the pre-draft Synopses of 2005-2006, probably in the hope that little elves might accomplish this in my absence. I also considered it too pointedly topical, but by late 2006, substituting “Ossian” for Grenada went far to mitigate the Clancy wannabe tone. It served as an admirable wrap to Act I, a harmless conclusion to Rex’s cloak & dagger hijinks (I – xxii – (xwix) – A ghost ship . . . out into cold, whispering drifts), allowing Iphgene’s Failsafe theme (I – xx – (xwix) – Having raced toward . . . the Global Village) to be placed here, which in itself framed the celestial golf match (I – xxii – (xwix) – Well, as You may or may not know . . . ) at which Satan warns of the unloosing of Prince O’Darkness. It also provided a title for Act I, Signature xxiii at a time when inspiration for titles had run dry.

In the next fragment (I – xxiii – (xwix) – Park thought back to the . . . family men), Sasha irritably interrupts Sergei, who replies, “if you will restrain your interest, Mr. Van Etnabaron, I shall enunciate my vision of the capabilities that you bring to the table.” Sasha’s involvement in an international incident prior to the invasion of Ossian (II – xvi – (vi) – Even in this era . . . so obvious) is trotted forth. “You were, as a lark, arrived at the island of Ossian in October 20– more or less patiently awaiting some film equipment so that you could complete your associate minor in experimental theatre, The Evolving Orgasm of Gaga: Cycles of Rebirth. The production date, however, was postponed until sometime in 20–, because the courier plane disappeared in a storm, with the loss of two crewmen and the entire cargo.” These deaths are balanced by the subsequent narrative of the neuro-Nicean flame-out (I – xxiii – (xviii) – Spilt without preamble . . . we’re no longer dead).

I – xxiii – (xviii) – Spilt without preamble . . . we’re no longer dead.

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Spilt without preamble . . . we’re no longer dead (2.38 KB).

             Narrator: The four chichi restorations might conceivably be spaced further apart into subsequent chapters.

                A Time & A Place (Setting): A Platonic realm.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: The neutro-Niceans.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Shadow puppet; Godot (the incipient POD); Noone.

                Purpose: After the collision with Aira, the neutro-Niceans are assured by shadow puppet that their demise will have meaning.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist.

                Relevance/Transition: The fate of the neutro-Niceans is given finality by placement at the end of the chapter . . .

 the neuro-Niceans – cause and effect.  

Circa April 2001. Shadow puppet’s promise, that from their doom shall spring a mighty race, allows the neuro-Niceans to accept their fate philosophically.

As a result of shadow puppet’s curse they are “spilt without preamble into a reeking, daft, though miscellaneously competent tread . . . we’re melting they cried unto Him ingratefully, though thou shalt not dry, sad shadow puppet said, under hopeless sunny skies shall you recompense until your relics form the bones of a newer race.” While they “rejected this fate initially on many levels,” eventually “they rotted philosophically repentful, hoping that one day a pricier lance would spring from their taps. Their widest thoughts became imported . . . their fate had recused society from condeminng weird habits as indicative of inner trauma, more than enough thoughts than a utilitarian could hovered on the polyphony gathered likably. Alone Godot (Ch. V – Though blessed with . . . minds missing in action; Ch. III – Though his nostrum . . . as the scene epitomized) flicked across the crowded room until all of thereat perilous static knowledge floated at kinder souls so bronzed.” As the spirit of classicism diffuses (Ch. XI - Once upon a time . . . anyway), “soon very existing social situations supportive of awesome jingles or sound bytes were fine insofar as that was what the keepers of the cans wished; however Noone demonstrated that actual cites of doggerel risked infrared men who pushed non sequitors really fast and said hello to everyone around who found time to wish that we’re no longer dead.”

An again refused . . . the fringe of after action.

Circa June 2001. Aurora’s efforts are shattered by the neuro-Niceans who tampered with the Archangel’s plans to build the city of God. In the collision with Aurora, their creation AHRIMAN survives in stasis. She parachutes into exile in the land of forgotten tense. The steeds Aurora has borrowed from Neptune are lamed, causing the latter to launch a protest to shadow puppet.

 A thoroughly nasty deconstruction, not ameliorated by shadow puppet’s attempt to console the doomed neuro-Niceans (Ch. V – the neuro-Niceans – cause and effect). Out of this chaos AHRIMAN, a humonculous spawned upon the pain of detainees exposed to Western culture (Ch. V – One raised a question . . . but they settled . . . into time) is unleashed. It is thus pre-historic, but like those primordial events bent through vast distances and visible even today, witnessed by several observers: the explorer all too busy (Ch. V – sneaking up on the BIG BANG; Though blessed with . . . minds missing in action; A history of the . . . dust peered over impassively); Fr. Anselm (Abelard: Ch. X - A matching tale of Lilliputia . . . crescented betwixt sun ages; Ch. XI – in the attic . . . something gave . . .); Noone (Ch. X – They . . . at once knew and how; Ch. XI – Now although . . .); and the Norns (Ch. I – A concept of . . . a recent event).

I – xxiii – (xwix) – Seeing Sasha . . . smiled at them hollowly.

 Seeing Sasha . . . gain a copy of that list (2.50 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Rex’s pension, shortly after the Failsafe Invitational in FRANCE.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sergei Kalamparample.

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

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

                Purpose: Sasha’s part in implicating the U.S. government in Psyops is revealed.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist, historical farce.

                Relevance/Transition: Temporal continuity. Many annoying two-word sentences continue to elude the rewrite process . . .

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Circa December 1999 (revised November 2006). Sasha is inducted into the circles of the Founders’ League.

In the final fragment, a full sketch in itself (I – xxiii – (xwix) – Seeing Sasha . . . smiled at them hollowly) Sergei implicates Sasha for accepting insurance compensation for the cargo which, in fact, was not aboard. “That very plane had been requisitioned for cargo marked Urgent by the United States government. Having been handsomely rewarded, great must have been your astonishment to discover your materials in the very warehouse in New Hampshire from where, some six months before, you had supervised their loading on the doomed plane!” After a brief impasse, in which Rex (I – xviii – (iv) – Rex . . . was in this essence cracked), Park (I – xvii – (iv) – And so, the informercials . . . stood idly by to listen), and Sasha discuss the Porcupine Conch (II – xxii – (xvii) – Van Etnabaron, with all . . . off the deep end), the latter accedes as Sergei resumes, “you, for your final oral, raised a suit on behalf of the citizens of the United States, that the taxpayers be appraised of and recompensed for losses suffered in the unfortunate disappearance of Fedux Flight C-122 some 275 miles NNE of the island of Aquila on October 13, 20–,” which alerted Ossianian clients of impending U.S. activity. “The Stasi (30), to name a few. Those moles, who had renewed their subscription to the Columbia Law Review thanks to my niece’s school magazine subscription program, began sniffing. The Cubists located our key Psyops players and began turning screws. We barely managed to collect them at the Grand Hotel and whisk them out of there, masking the operation with a full-scale invasion of the island.” The Cold War references are quaint but effective. In summary, Sergei’s carefully organized research (“every ex-Warsaw Pact bullyboy from Anatoly to Zinoviev was clamoring for a visit to Ossian. And we were going to provide the entertainment! The best laboratories man might ever devise couldn’t come close to that God’s little acre out there. We thought we might get their fix on everything. We had control groups, the whole nine yards . . . when they raised Old Glory over the airstrip, nine years of preliminary research went belly up with her”) is ruined. Sasha’s penance is comparatively mild: he is merely given a copy of the research protocol, which is later implied to contain material for early Act II (II – ii – (xx) – Disowned correspondences, presumably . . .). In a last minute deus ex machina, Inspector Lemert, who has been observing (I – xxi – (xviii) – Inspector Lemert had . . . once known and how) since kick-off, swoops in and arrests the lot, although instructions from interpol subsequently force him to release the conspirators (I – xxiii – (xx) – This close to blowing . . . the interrogation . . .).

Shortcut to I – xxiii – (wix) – Ostrand awakened . . . the scene unfolded.

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Ostrand wakened . . . the scene unfolded (2.93 KB).

             Narrator: As written, Sangreal’s sedulous interest foreshadows the depiction of her actual deeds at the end of Act III. To cover this, the tense of the second part of this sketch was revised, resulting in considerable ambiguity. The sketch ends with Bustamente’s unfolding dream, providing an opportunity which isn’t utilized as written (i.e. he doesn’t dream about Sasha & Iphgene). . .

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

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sangreal.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Ostrand.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Matthieu, Anselm, Sasha, Bustamente.

                Purpose: After the deaths of Matthieu and Talitha, Sangreal attempts to rewrite the past in preparation for the inquest by diverting suspicion to Anselm.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Psychological surrealism.

                Relevance/Transition: As written, Sangreal’s sedulous interest foreshadows the depiction of her actual deed. To cover this, the tense of the second part of this sketch was revised, resulting in considerable ambiguity. The sketch ends with Bustamente’s unfolding dream [2007 - postponed to Act IV], providing an opportunity which isn’t utilized as written (i.e. he doesn’t dream about Sasha & Iphgene) . . .

 e – shrugging star, an inquest, and eighteen pages

Circa June 2002. A reluctance to throw shadows through the blinds manifest here as these pages, written in complete darkness, describe the conclusions of Inspector Lemert pertaining to the mysterious death of Ylferim.

Whether summoned by the chaplain or by the papal nuncio, Inspector Lemert appears. His methodology is detailed and just as quickly abandoned.

Sasha blinked, he rushed . . . vodka stood by (2.39 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Rex’s pension, shortly after the Failsafe Invitational in FRANCE.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sergei Kalamparample.

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

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Various government and university officials.

                Purpose: Experiences of the invasion of Grenada (conflated into Ossian).

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist, historical farce.

                Relevance/Transition: Temporal continuity.

 A team of Barnard research fellows . . . smiled at them hollowly (7.30 KB).     

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Rex’s pension, shortly after the Failsafe Invitational in FRANCE.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Sergei Kalamparample.

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

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Various East bloc bigwigs; Alger; Inspector Lemert.

                Purpose: Inspector Lemert was hastily injected to break up this den of iniquity.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Farce.

                Relevance/Transition: Though old, the story is amusing enough to limp along through almost to the end of the chapter. . .

 Failsafe Invitational     

Circa October 2000. Iphgene . . . recovers her child safely. Her husband, Sasha, interrupting his spa, rushes to confront the kidnappers and is pacified by their jovial blackmailing efforts.

 Lizavetta’s father Sasha, storming out of his restorative session (Ch. IV - Harl fencing with GM, Sasha & Marta set off for the Chrysostom house; Ch. XI - The hushed and anxious whispering . . . was exactly done) after a long train journey over the Pyrenees (not yet written), is chilled by a meeting with Sergei, who cites their common shady past, and everyone is restored to amicability. Park has a role in the session that is far beneath his dignity. Sergei gives Sasha a copy of his macro-ouerve (Ch. VI - In different . . . wind up with itself), which is part of a plot to persuade the U.S. electorate to amend the constitution allowing non-naturalized residents to run for president (Ch. X – I have always loved . . . in any state; Binaca’s children occured . . . to risk finding them; Art is extravagance . . . who won the last word; They . . . at once knew and how).

I – xxiii – (xx) – This close to blowing . . . the interrogation myself.

 This close to blowing . . . the interrogation myself (2.48 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

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

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Inspector Lemert.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Matthieu’s dinner guests.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Various OT/NT personages.

                Purpose: The methodology of Inspector Lemert is described.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Detective parody.

                Relevance/Transition: Over Lemert’s protests, his case of the unidentified woman (Talitha) is turned over to interpol . . .

 e – shrugging star, an inquest, and eighteen pages

Circa June 2002. A reluctance to throw shadows through the blinds manifest here as these pages, written in complete darkness, describe the conclusions of Inspector Lemert pertaining to the mysterious death of Ylferim.

Whether summoned by the chaplain or by the papal nuncio, Inspector Lemert appears. His methodology is detailed and just as quickly abandoned.

I – xxiii – (xx) – You eventually obtained . . . a cigarette, sat.

 You eventually obtained . . . a cigarette, sat (2.31 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Inspector Lemert’s inquest of the Global Village.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Inspector Lemert.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: The usual suspects.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: None.

                Purpose: Inspector Lemert opens his inquest with a deliberately scatter-shot approach.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Detective parody.

                Relevance/Transition: Establishes a pace. Time should be devoted to the suspects waiting in the anteroom . . .

 e – shrugging star, an inquest, and eighteen pages

Circa June 2002. A reluctance to throw shadows through the blinds manifest here as these pages, written in complete darkness, describe the conclusions of Inspector Lemert pertaining to the mysterious death of Ylferim.

Whether summoned by the chaplain or by the papal nuncio, Inspector Lemert appears. His methodology is detailed and just as quickly abandoned. He leans on Sasha and Marta . . .

I – xxiii – (xx) – Bustamente . . . mutely leaned forewarning.

 Bustamente . . . mutely leaned forewarning (1.99 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Inspector Lemert’s inquest of the Global Village.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Inspector Lemert (representing the ancien regime, the EEC, which is hostile to the Global Village).

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Marta Meringue.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Sasha Van Etnabaron; Sr Bustamente et son fille Sangreal.

                Purpose: Preparatory to demonstrating that Prince O’Darkness is loosed upon the Earth, Inspector Lemert grills Marta, who is rescued by Sasha’s intervention.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Social realism (parody); cliches are somewhat irritating (mutely forwarning WHAT?)

                Relevance/Transition: This is meant to be a post-mortem, and yet (in literal arrangement) a foreshadowing of events that are detailed more clearly (hypothetically) in subsequent chapters. However, the “subsequent chapters,” written in the late 20th century, are amateurish, almost beyond reconstruction, and should be dumped in favor of letting the post-mortem tell the tale (OH WELL) . . .

 e – shrugging star, an inquest, and eighteen pages

Circa June 2002. A reluctance to throw shadows through the blinds manifest here as these pages, written in complete darkness, describe the conclusions of Inspector Lemert pertaining to the mysterious death of Ylferim.

Whether summoned by the chaplain or by the papal nuncio, Inspector Lemert appears. His methodology is detailed and just as quickly abandoned. He leans on Sasha and Marta . . .

[Shortcut to iv - inquest intermezzo]

 I – xxiv – (iv) – inquest intermezzo.

Circa January 1987 (heavily revised September 2008). A rudimentary resume transformed into whodunit.

Knowing, while cobbling the Inquest (I – xxi – (xviii) – Inspector Lemert had . . . once known and how) at the end of Act I, that every scene was dominated by Inspector Lemert (I – xxiii – (xx) – Exhaling, the inspector . . . recalled the Bustamentes), I resolved to create a scene (I – xxiii – xxiv – (iv) – inquest intermezzo), off-stage as it were, featuring the principal witnesses at rest, when they were not being pelted by incisive questions. Marta’s morbid banter (I – xxiv – (xx) – Who were brave enough to follow . . . ) with Lemert was personally irritating, and it was not a difficult task to project these misgivings on the other principles. A personal resume, in narrative form, provided sufficient backdrop for the various motivations of Sasha, who “trendily scoped stucco intaglios,” Sangreal, musing “in monolithic candor,” and her father (formerly Agustino), who now, a more robust Bustamente, regals the witnesses with tales “about a knicknack (his falsetto delivery distinctly diverting the slender adjunct detailed for ostensible conductance of the devolving affidavitry) collection inter-nuncio who’d reversed the tariffs on a hieromantic pashmina sphinx, only to the chagrin of either weregild [the shady board, of eminences-grise who pull the strings, is a work-in-progress (IV - xv - (xviii) - The guildmaster had . . . new purpose)] (some unforseeable solecism which drew forced winks of apathy from the sequestered nonpareils).” Even Ostrand, preoccupied with dimly recalled deeds on the strand (I – xxiii – (wix) – Ostrand awakened . . . the scene unfolded), manages to snort at this.

I – xxiii – (xx) – Exhaling, the inspector . . . recalled the Bustamentes.

 Exhaling, the inspector . . . recalled the Bustamentes (2.75 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Inspector Lemert’s inquest of the Global Village.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Inspector Lemert.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: The deceased Matthieu.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The usual suspects.

                Purpose: Inspector Lemert focuses on the dispute over the ash tree.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Detective parody.

                Relevance/Transition: The two word sentences and undifferentiated dialog make for a decent pace but try the reader’s patience [2007 - short sentences are subsequently subtexted].

 e – shrugging star, an inquest, and eighteen pages

Circa June 2002. A reluctance to throw shadows through the blinds manifest here as these pages, written in complete darkness, describe the conclusions of Inspector Lemert pertaining to the mysterious death of Ylferim.

Whether summoned by the chaplain or by the papal nuncio, Inspector Lemert appears. His methodology is detailed and just as quickly abandoned. He leans on Sasha and Marta, attempts to gauge the identity of the unnamed twelfth guest . . .

 

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