Act II – Signature xv – Knowledge of good or evil

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Act II – Signature xv – Knowledge of good or evil.

II – xv – (vii) – Elsewhere in Las Vegas . . . dimly threatened suppositions.

 Elsewhere in Las Vegas . . . dimly threatened suppositions (2.78 KB).

             Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The International Conference of Astronomics (ICA) in Las Vegas.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: The entropist (Baha).

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: IAC officials.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Elias Deerfield.

                Purpose: Dark hints about the incoming cataclysm (finth comet home) and efforts to build a BAM to stop it.

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

                Relevance/Transition: The entropist specifically introduces a virgule, one of the nebulous thought vehicles, for inspection. Is there a temporal connection with the following scene (the death of Conrad) insofar as that occurs in the 13th century (the virgule is used to witness this event)?

They dredged up . . . dimly threatened suppositions.

Circa January 2004. Thoughts after the morning weather briefing concerning Siberia.

Third sketch of the pre-stoppage tryptych – Is this the only font in the universe (Ch. X - They dredged up . . . dimly threatened suppositions; I was locked in . . . to offend; They all . . . could catch up with it)? As the Nicean expedition approaches the Earth, a member of the International Astrophysicist Commission notices the fluctuations of the universe (see also Ch. V – When the temperature . . . were yet ware) but is unwilling to report them as they upset previous findings (Ch. X - They all . . . could catch up with it). This unidentified member might be, but probably isn’t Elias, who has too much else on his plate and is under censure by the IAC for opposing the construction of the polar star array (Ch. I - On the morning . . . unfolding elsewhere). The entropist arrives to denounce this censure as too lenient and provides direct proof of the existence of the verticules (thought vehicles). He later capitalizes on these by providing a time travel agency for “daytrippers (Ch. IX – Now although . . . ).

II – xv – (xvi) – Silence fell . . . he said.

SUBSCENE

Silence fell . . . he said (1.65 KB).

            Narrator: Lift sketches featuring Fernand’s indoctrination pending their re-evaluation as introductory (early Act I).

                A Time & A Place (Setting): A puzzle palace in downtown Washington D.C (pre-inversion).

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Menard, Sergei.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Fernand.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Time Flies, Ensign Plair, obvioregals.

                Purpose: Browbeaten by Menard and Sergei, Fernand finally agrees to infiltrate the Kalisthenios Institute.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Sexual farce, parody of thriller genre, dialogue.

                Relevance/Transition: The sketch as currently emplaced is a scenery change from the confrontation between Logan (under the control of aliens) and Charles in New York, as well as marking Fernand’s own decision.

Art is a soggy hook . . . mention it immediately.

Circa September 2003. Having heard that famous authors require assistants to scan the text of rival works for attribution, Fernand hastens to the capitol to arrange an interview with Sergei at the train terminal. Noting that time flies, he now knows too much and now must be rebriefed.

Circa September 2004. References to the competition at the lilliputian pageant.

Fernand, with his mention of “time flies (Ch. I - A man sat . . . while teas were served),” draws official scrutiny, and is escorted by Ensign Plair into a federal building . . . Menard quizzes Fernand on his knowledge of time flies. They rewind the film and focus on some of the participants, Hermione, workgroup manager of the village server and the latest “Moxie girl,” and the Ruthenian heiress Iraisamonde of Sytktyvkar (Ch. IX – The history of being . . .). The U.S. government fears that the Global Village (by Fernand’s definition, “a cyber pseudo-state dedicated to international enterprise”) is “involved in selling the secrets of our time flies to hostile powers.” Receiving instruction to watch for the “mark of Lilliput,” Fernand is sent across the Atlantic to enroll in the Kalisthenios Institute (Ch. III – Fernand rolls over the big pond). Ensign Plair will go on to attend an international security conference (Ch. X – On the morning . . . unfolding elsewhere).

II – xv – (xviii) – You do not have . . . dibbed in dull course.

You do not have . . . dibbed in dull course (1.00 KB).

            Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Trial of Fr. Anselm at Worms (post-siege).

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Piero (ADC), Fr. Anselm (client).

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The papal assessor.

                Purpose: Fr. Anselm refuses to remain silent.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Dialogue.

                Relevance/Transition: Short introductory sketch . . .

The trial of Fr. Anselm.

Circa May 2002. After stoppage, the combined effects of rapture, loss of gravity, and the inceptive Note, denudes Earth of such beneficial qualities as zing, kitsch, and better angels, the remaining principalities reshuffle their alliances to cope with changing events.

II – xv – (iii) – On Friday morning . . . a not unpleasant ataxia.

SUBSCENE/WORMS

On Friday morning . . . a not unpleasant ataxia (2.51 KB).

            Narrator: In Act II – iii (1st draft reckoning), nine Nicean council sketches are woven, not very tightly, with three cathedral construction sketches in Worms and two sketches of Ylferim’s continuing encomium. Try to spread the Nicean council over two chapters and balance by pulling an encomium sketch or two from Act II – ii as well as some Worms sketches from Act I.

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The 13th century cathedral at Worms (pre-siege).

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Cathedral building crew.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: The sacrist Fr. Anselm.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The metropolitan Florian.

                Purpose: Describes the sacrist’s initial impressions of the work on the cathedral, with futuristic references to the Linnean taxonomic system and to the fjulsfut masks piquing Fr. Anselm’s curiousity.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Historical parody. Unsure whether this is flashback told in reference to the developing trial of Fr. Anselm.

                Relevance/Transition: Drugged on the local cheese, Fr. Anselm seems amenable to ever bizarrer visions.

 i – On Friday morning . . . a not unpleasant ataxia.

Circa 1992-1997 (heavily revised November 2006). Construction site journal accounts re-written: Fr. Anselm, after his initial illness, recovers miraculously.

Flashback deposition, accumulated by Piero, the area defence counsel, from Fr. Anselm and other witnesses on construction of the Cathedral at Worms (II – xv – (iii) – On Friday morning . . . a not unpleasant ataxia). This is a continuation of the account begun earlier (II – xii – (xv) – You can’t tell by looking . . . that he had won prizes), which includes the Long Mass (II – xii – (xv) – The steelier metaphor, watered beneath . . . the merciful grace of shadow puppet). “The workmen . . . worked in tandem to tame huge serpents into the trench. Fr. Anselm . . . had heard rumours that in the torrid regions south of Cathay the natives raised a ficus elasticus (this, on the word of the Ideopath Florian (II – xv – (iii) – Since his trans-mogrification . . . at solicitude), who asserted that the taxonomic classification of plants would not be in vogue for another half a millenium), a substance, at once solid and liquid, that enabled the transference of any gaseous medium without corrosion. This was his first encounter with the material, and he marvelled at its sinuous malleability.” The foreman (Florian?) cites Shakespeare (find cite in Richard III) to inspire the workers: “I have learned that fearful commentary is but leaden servitor to dull delay, he quoted, citing a bard not borne for another three hundred years,” as they strain “to drain a public duck pond into which too many fjulsfut were losing their masks.” Fr. Anselm continues “to munch on the strange local cheese, precipitating a . . . not unpleasant ataxia.” The discovery of the remains of the Elector of Flippenburg, Fr. Anselm’s detractor (II – xiii – (xvi) – To the sacristan’s dismay . . . swept out of the building), brings work to a halt.

II – xv – (v) – Menard visited the capitol . . . for your consideration.

Menard visited the capitol . . . for your consideration (5.54 KB).

            Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Capitol Bldg, Washington, D.C.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Senator Cannon (I-Ill.).

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Menard; Matthieu.

                Purpose: The Senator connects the effort to relegate Pluto to an international conspiracy hatched by the Global Village and its ally, Ossian.

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

                Relevance/Transition: A useful sketch, providing much background into the structure of the Global Village and justifying the imminent invasion of Ossian.

JNATOSC – the great starry something

Circa August 1999. Revised January 2001. The proponents of the Pluto relegation committee have a get together in France. The Ruthenian heiress Iraisamond meets Ostrand, the second mayor of the Global Village, and is urged by her courtiers to attend to his blandishments.

The sketch begins with a short essay on the movement to relegate Pluto to asteroid status. This should be developed as a political conflict between the traditional communities, exemplified by NATO, which favor relegation, and the rigidly egalatarian Global Village, which has allied with the United States on some issues and under the auspice of the International Astrophysicist Commission has threatened to rename the 87th element if relegation occurs (Ch. X – Amidst careworn ungentleness . . . someone recovered gradually; When it would be a crime . . . the motion periodically tabled; A person exhibited . . . the germane combine). The scene then would shift to the dedication of the Polar Star orbital platform, but unfortunately this would make it a pre-stoppage sketch, whereas the appearance of Ostrand, as il majordomo ii, is definitely a post-stoppage factor. I’m discouraged by this irreconciliability [2008 - Solved by using the Pluto polemic as a justification for war on Ossian].

Ix – Demonstrate . . . the new creampuff.

Circa October 2000 (revised October 2006). A debate topic (from high school issues) is refurbished into a plausible pretext for starting a war.

An old sketch (II – xv – (v) – Menard visited the capitol . . . for your consideration), thought unusable (due to aforementioned high school issues), admirably succeeds in fulfilling the objective, written in the Black Book in early 2000: “Demonstrate how the peoples of Ossian are thirsting for order that they would attend to this crack pot scheme of unification manifested from the grass roots, as it were. Develop the theme of the utility (as totem) poles and their primitive appeal to the incipient moves and shakers of the new order (regime, creampuff).” By simply revising a few words, the subtext involving the relegation of Pluto (I (moved to IV) – wix – (i) – Logan was aware . . . at some future time), is salvaged, and attributed to an insidious alliance between the Global Village and Ossian, providing the pretext for the U.S. invasion of the latter, which gives Menard something to listen to in the Senate after indoctrinating Fernand into his intelligence mission (II – v – (xiv) – Art is a soggy hook . . . immediately).

II – xv – (i) – Ralph’s commute . . . nearly always overtook them.

i – Ralph’s commute . . . nearly always overtook them. (2.6 KB).

                Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Ossian frontier.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Ralph Ferguson.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Other coalition forces.

                Purpose: Versimilitude.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Surrealist.

                Relevance/Transition: Modular.

I – The 9 grounds of urban legend.

Circa March 2007. J. LeBrun in memoriam. Restructured October 2008.

A naturalist description of the invasion of Ossian.

II – xvi – (vii) – Spared by the eleventh hour . . . in full glory.

Spared by the eleventh hour . . . in full glory (2.39 KB).

            Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Las Vegas.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Roveretto Messimo.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Lothar Flusstapfer.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Burning Man; also references the Kingdom of Sicily’s relation to Persephone and Hades (setting up EF2′s later trip).

                Purpose: Lothar beseeches Roveretto’s help in finding Burning Man.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Character sketch, dialogue.

                Relevance/Transition: A self-contained sketch of archetypal significance.

VIII – Spared by the eleventh hour . . . manifest in full glory.

Circa August 2006. Lothar contracts Roveretto to help him find Burning Man.

After blundering into the Vegas underground (II – xiv – (vi) – Leftover traffic barrels . . . our next bomb and videlicet), Lothar Flusstapfer “sat drinking tabasco tea (JW) in the study, lined with photo-ops of extra-terrestrial gratitude, of the recently naturalized Roveretto Messimo (II – xvi – (vii) – Spared by the eleventh hour . . . in full glory),” who is propounding the –an£thro£po£mor£phi£za£tion of household appliances . . . the refrigerator . . . is a mother unto us. The Kingdom of Sicily still reels from that day when her daughter vanished into the nether realm (I – vi – (xv) – Cheron had just coaxed . . . a sock in it).” Roveretto speaks of his upbringing: “. . . headlong I scrimped and skipped across the boudoir every sick month with the gladness of Hades’ bride on a periodic work release (II – xxii – (vii) – Stashed away for . . . disingenuous aloofnesses), and stuffed each sparse centavo into municipal bond anticipation notes until, he sniffled, so falsetto to say every inch of that painted desert is etched within living memory.” He is dismissive of Lothar’s request to find Burning Man, but Lothar insists “we must find him in his archetypal stage, before he is manifest in full glory.” Facing financial strain (II – xvii – (viii) – Prior to embarking . . . at dusk), Messimo accedes.

II – xv – (v) – Finding the Ossianian citizenry . . . and enamel insipid perorations.

33-34, Finding the Ossianian citizenry . . . and enamel insipid perorations (1.77 KB).

            Narrator: The strong Las Vegas & pre-invasion Ossian sketches may be spooled out (even into subsequent chapters) to buttress more recondite passages . . .

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Ossian, on the eve of the U.S. invasion.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Ylferim & Marta.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Niceans (the tapper).

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Ossianian citizens, including the Soundman’s sons, and “the timid dormouse” Wahid.

                Purpose: As the Iberian Film Commission is dismissed from Ossian, the citizens continue with their preparations for invasion.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Dialogue, process narrative.

                Relevance/Transition: A transition actually occurs within this sketch, with Wahid tabbed as a witness to “an event that deliberately occured far beyond the scope of our . . . perorations,” which is the murder of ne Dipole’s tapper, triggering the invasion of Ossian.

In an air . . . of his burrow.

Circa November 2003. Wahid is elected to the post of vox populi.

Circa February 2004. Someone converts to catholicism and hires the Iberian Film Commission to film one’s life story. Originally intended as the guildmaster, this person seems to be more the sandman. The entire passage is deeply mired in ambiguous conflict.

Perspective shifts to the timid journalist Wahid, also local vox populi of the Global Village. He is placed to provide an more accurate picture of events. Not yet written: Wahid witnesses an example of the sandman’s efforts to hide his weapons in Snorggi’s nose (the quasar) with the help of a tapper. This has been sanctioned by the inter-regnum (Ch. V – Beware Universal Discord; Ch. IX – revised inter-regnum background) in the interest of stellar harmony. Moreover, he notices the sandman’s sons who cruelly pour air on the tapper (the giant space snail) and kill it. Ne Dipol, discovering the death of her beloved tapper (Ch. IX - revised inter-regnum background), pronounces curses (“a greet sheet of amorphous anomaly,” see also Ch. IX - UNTILE~1) upon the sandman and his sons.

II – xv – (i) – The Land of . . . stepping stones notwithstanding.

i – The Land of . . . stepping stones notwithstanding (3.94 KB).

                Narrator: TBD

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Land of Forgotten Tents.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: A person with once clear thought patterns (Alger?).

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: None.

                Purpose: A description of ways out of the Land of Forgotten Tents.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Surrealist.

                Relevance/Transition: Possible pointers to inter-regnum wishram include Wahid, Florian, the eighths, all too busy.

II – xv – (i) – The Land of . . . stepping stones notwithstanding.

Circa July 2007. From the anteroom (the Land of Forgotten Tense) souls are induced to matriculate into wishram.

The Land of Forgotten Tents, a destination for many, generally super-natural, individuals who’ve run afoul of the laws of thermodynamics (the early fjulsfut (I – xxii – (xii) – While waiting . . . unfolding saga), Aira, avatar of the dawn (I – iii – (xv) – Aira was just not happy enough . . . reciting the three rules . . .), iaminthelim (IV – xi – (xiv) – iaminthelim was alone . . . for not knowing more), and/or the discoverer (all too busy) (III – vii – (xii) – Awakened from . . . clouds of dust peered over impassively), as well as AHRIMAN himself (III – xi – (xvi) – AHRIMAN languished . . . by those who love us)), is here depicted as adjoining wishram, communicating “via means of tubular drainpipes.” Placement of this sketch in the second draft is likewise illustrative (II – xv – (i) – The Land of . . . stepping stones notwithstanding), corresponding with work on the cathedral at Worms (II – xv – (iii) – Since his trans-mogrification . . . at solicitude). Those wishing to escape the tedium of the Forgotten Tents “could conceivably lurch step by step towards the brillig sapient primally as-builts, which evinced vivid porcelain aqueducts, sporadically sluiced with treacle if you ever wanted to get out of there; moreover, innumerable Coho laterals were attached to correspondent auras, visibly zero (in a Cartesian sense) in nominal clarity.” There are even anterooms for “those wallflowers content with limbo lillies.” However, “not all of the asocial creatures opted to hang around in such an undistinguished fashion. Myriads of the almost finished clamored in the zirconium foyer for a glimpse at the mask of progress.” A “person with once clear thought patterns (unsure of who this may be – Florian?)” touts the benefits of graduating wishram to become a full-fledged Nicean, ostensibly of one’s choice, and “[s]uch carrier waves deciduously droned on, enabling lots of souls to scurry through the revolving vinculum, eager to spread the manure of a thinning workshop.”

II – xv – (iii) – Since his trans-mogrification . . . at solicitude.

SUBSCENE/WORMS

Since his trans-mogrification . . . at solicitude (2.06 KB).

             Narrator: In Act II – iii (1st draft reckoning), nine Nicean council sketches are woven, not very tightly, with three cathedral construction sketches in Worms and two sketches of Ylferim’s continuing encomium. Try to spread the Nicean council over two chapters and balance by pulling an encomium sketch or two from Act II – ii as well as some Worms sketches from Act I.

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The 13th century cathedral at Worms (pre-siege).

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Florian.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Conrad of Flippenburg.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Fr. Anselm.

                Purpose: After accepting the post of metropolitan, Florian vastens into the 13th century.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist, time-travel, historical parody.

                Relevance/Transition: Florian arrives in time to witness Fr. Anselm’s discovery of the remains of his theological enemy, the fanatical inquisitor Conrad of Flippenburg.

Long, long ago in . . . a vault of righteousness. 

Circa February 2002. This reflection on nine eleven and its impact on national tolerance toward any form of dissent and the transmogrification of Christendom into a militant and regressive force was written in a state of depression. Possibly the ravings of the metropolitan who is in charge of the purgatorium.

Circa July 2002. Frank, after being overthrown as guildmaster, has a glimpse into the 13th century and meets Fr. Anselm.

Circa January 2003. Father Anselm (Abelard) inherits the work on the spire, though not yet hip to its darker purpose (concealing the purgatorium).

i – Talky shadows persued . . . efforts at solicitation.

Circa 1992-1997 (heavily revised November 2006). Construction site journal accounts re-written: on the seventh day . . . 

An amalgam (II – xiii – (xvi) – Talky shadows perused . . . actually twisted sanctions) of journal accounts, Black Book notes, and one really old 2002 sketch (x – Palpably bunting this guy wired . . . little windfalls) centers on the aftermath of the Elector of Flippenberg’s pronouncement of anathema upon the congregation at Worms (II – xiii – (xvi) – To the sacristan’s dismay . . . swept out of the building). Fr. Anselm is defiant (“it seems to me that if that indulgence peddler wants a pitch the least I could do is offer a fire sale”) and, citing Luke 18:25, succeeds in exhorting the artisans to extra effort.” Florian (II – iv – (iii) – Over coffee served . . . the last of them), arriving from the 21st century, “attempted a very isosceles reckoning on his environs, with no recourse but to examine the valorization sounds. From the field of crockery opposite the village clock across the vale, he received them in dolorous theme and realized that he was in the 13th century,” and accosts Fr. Anselm “as the trench, yielding amidst a cloying quicklime one rather orange roundhead, yet finely arrayed in the appurtenance of great divestiture an all frippery peignoir, was instantly recognizable as the inquisitive Conrad of Marburg, who on any given Sunday proved so apt at defeating Fr. Anselm’s efforts at solicitude.” This is the basis for capital charges against the sacrist at his trial (I – xvi – (vi) – Rejoicing, we designate . . . the interests of the court).

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