Act II – Signature xx – Where They Actually Hid

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Act II – Signature xx – Where They Actually Hid.

II – xx – (xi) – Events assuredly . . . beyond the public opinion.

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Events assuredly . . . beyond the public opinion (2.75 KB).

             Narrator: Elias’ eflot distributions are parallel if not directly involved with Snore Through the Cure, as are the rebel Nicean sketches: all of these themes are placed in Subscene, though it’s likely they’ll remain in Act II – xi (1st draft reckoning). The Nicean rebels . . . are earlier depicted as studying the visions of Fr. Anselm at his beatification. It’s difficult to move this sketch, given that it’s conflated to be a response to Ahem’s boring keynote speech. It would be useful if the Nicean council could be stretched out of Act II – iii (first draft reckoning) to provide a stage setting for the Nicean rebels to ditch . . .

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Cyberspace.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Space-borne scholars.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Nose of Snorggi.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Rex; Nicean rebels without cause, led by scrapmon’.

                Purpose: Focus shifts from the scholars answering increasingly difficult questions to the youthful monads, who are plotting an escape.

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

                Relevance/Transition: The sketch closes with a rhetorical question pertaining to the Nose (has been earlier established as a quasar) . . .

Events assuredly . . . deferred.

Circa June 2001. Modified January 2003. While watching the unfortunate shuttle mission on UWTV, I modified an earlier sketch to feature the space-borne scholars.

The sketch begins on the “other side of the dark period” where three scholars are accosted by Rex. They have been answering, “in weightless gravity,” questions directed to them by children from around the globe. Some of the questions are becoming quite specific, leading them to suspect an alien incursion. Sort of a space borne transition follows . . .

II – xx – (xvi) – I don’t think . . . we have the technology.

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I don’t think . . . we have the technology (1.76 KB).

            Narrator: Lifted pending evaluation of the feasibility of locating Ferguson’s catspaw into early Act II, the result of which spawns the Founder’s League board meeting and diaspora. 

                A Time & A Place (Setting): “Gotham:” The Founders’ League board meeting (pre-inversion).

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Board members: Menard, Sergei, Nesbit, Sasha.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: A “respected pillar of the community,” probably Logan Ferguson.

                Purpose: Interlude in the board meeting as the principles discuss methods of discrediting Ferguson.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Farce.

                Relevance/Transition: Temporal continuity: not enough suspense to justify transition to a different theme . . .

a screen saver that does not kick . . . the search of the skies

Circa August 1999. Heavily revised June 2001. Old text that has survived, featuring the mobilization of officials of the Global Village. In response to criticisms from the media they depart on various expeditions.

After the Niceans temporally abduct Logan Ferguson as a catspaw to divert world attention from their inbound expedition (Ch. IX – Charles . . . was about to toast), an “emergency session of the Global Village convoked in Gotham.” Matthieu, preparing for “a celebration of his vita,” bids his colleagues to “take vacations.”

II – xx – (viii) – The chamberlain had hoped to . . . beg no list.

The chamberlain had hoped to . . . beg no list (2.09 KB).

            Narrator: Three distinct characters, all too busy, Ahem, and Fernand are set in motion here with the aim of converging upon POD (who has failed to repossess Fr. Anselm) in Act II – xii. This is an effective thread and should be kept as is. 

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Distant space.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: The chamberlain (all too busy).

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The Ambassador an An Indocile.

                Purpose: The chamberlain (all too busy) turns discoverer after the Nicean council in hopes of impressing the Ambassador.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Imagery.

                Relevance/Transition: This chapter’s opening sketch depicts a launch that is meant to access other times and/or themes . . .

sneaking up on the BIG BANG

2002-2005: Composite sketches, either devised in cyber space, or encompassing blank manuscript verse that didn’t quite connect. These flawed structural orphans are meant to enclose other sketches by providing background information. They are of variable effectiveness. LETHE.

Before I begin combing the duplicate text, which is vehemently claimed as an integral portion of each sketch, let’s look at BIG BANG in isolation. First, it is coeval with Ch. III – Fernand rolls over the big pond. “An explorer (all too busy) had planned to announce a problem solved.” Perhaps this problem is the location of the missing POD who, himself being lumine, has sent a universal distress signal after his attempted possession of the gruff Ossianian minister goes awry. all too busy should spell this out at the outset, knowing that Aurora would like to get her hands on the POD in order to restore the chi (still don’t know how this was broken in the first place). all too busy is trying to escape the net, but this Ambassador has somehow stolen his thunder, so it’s not just a scouting expedition: all too busy wants to grab the POD for himself to return in triumph to inter-regnum. Perhaps that needn’t be spelled out just yet. The wait for clearance beneath Ezekiel’s great fourfold wheels effectively conveys a sense of impatience. He zooms off . . .

II – xx – (viii) – Insulated from the . . . universal panacea.

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Insulated from the . . . universal panacea (6.17 KB).

            Narrator: The connection between Roveretto’s storage locker in Las Vegas and the sacked Ossianian Hermitage is startlingly effective, unintentional, and problematic (is Roveretto involved in fencing or is he framed – I don’t want to make too sympathetic a character out of him) . .

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The sacked Ossianian Hermitage.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Idres.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The senior curator Harun Talab lil Makama; Ibna, Said, Noone.

                Purpose: Idres tries to pick up the pieces of the Hermitage, while the senior curator lapses into a study of dust mice.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Surrealism.

                Relevance/Transition: It’s difficult to let the connections of the previous sketch lie, when this sketch refers to the sacked Hermitage . . .

Studying the hadith . . . to the parent corporation.

Circa September 2005. Impressions of the central front reflective of a personal withdrawal.

Sometime after the U.S. invasion of Ossian, its leading citizens are coming to terms with the new egalitarianism . . . the scene shifts to “a dressier sort,” Idres, assistant curator for the destroyed hermitage, who takes stock of the damage, denounces the “cringing dormers scurrilousy,” and evokes the assistance of Satan (i.e. the coalition) in evicting the deadbeat employees. His supervisor, deranged by the destruction, retreats into the study of the cosmic properties of dust mice, leaving Idres with the task of collating the inventory of missing articles that Ahem will eventually present as a bill of lading to the U.S. The essay returns to Wahid in a dark study . . .

II – xx – (vii) – The united resolve of . . . our generosity.

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The united resolve of . . . our generosity (2.14 KB).

            Narrator: This culminating sketch of the invasion of Ossian can be deferred for a chapter (out of Act II – vii), given that much imported justification is impending.

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Ossian at the height of the U.S. invasion.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: The invading forces.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: The Ossianian citizenry.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: None.

                Purpose: An exculpation of the invading forces.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Historical realism, movement, imagery, satire.

                Relevance/Transition: Conjures the invaders as a natural force . . .

The united resolve . . . of absorbing their generosity.

Circa November 2003. The coalition forces approach.

As the united resolve of miscellany approaches the capitol in the latter stages of the U.S. intervention in Ossian (Ch. I – The land of Nod . . . seemed hollow to her), the voice shifts to first person, a collective character sketch of the liberating forces. “These warmly universal overlords of activity . . . hoofprints of industrial profanity . . . unable to rest until on the clock . . . the least of us were a dynamo . . . devoted to the simultaneous manufacture, distribution, celebration, and destruction of wealth . . . fell, kind, fierce yet jolly, and approached deviance with a desperately cold nurture . . . efforts to sound the clutter beyond collapsed in bemused apathy . . . found it far simpler to append existing templates upon systems beyond our ken . . . reasoned that any situation exposed to ceaseless expostulation would rearrange into a fathomable outlook . . . at the steps of the harried capitol we halted, relieved to find a staunchly absorbent populace . . .” Undecided whether this should directly precede or closely follow Melissa’s escape from the sandman (Ch. I - Some impediment . . . clambering around the agnomen).

II – xx – (viii) – Frank Middleford, M.P. . . involved comptometry.

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Frank Middleford, M.P. . . involved comptometry (3.90 KB).

            Narrator: Frank’s petroglyphs should be used to frame the Nicean diaspora of Act II – ii (1st draft reckoning).

                A Time & A Place (Setting): The Plains of Lesser Warwick.

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Frank Middleford, M.P.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Althea Chronister; other government officials.

                Purpose: Frank takes time to gaze at the Lesser Warwick petroglyphs while reflecting on his failed career.

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

                Relevance/Transition: The entire character sketch was designed to illustrate Frank’s motivation to seek appointment as ICC comptroller, which kicks in numerous (and practically super-annuated) plots . . .

What other weirs . . . involved comptometry.

Circa April 2004. The guildmaster Francis X. Middleford ponders the policies that forced him to break promises and considers a career change.

Circa May 2004. Horace, having fled his duties as caretaker of the successful klatch, attempts to win over Talitha prior to departing for the Provenance.

Each of these sketches is related only dialectically, and moreover, the first takes place several months before the second.  The sketches are combed apart and new sketch names designed (see Ch. III – Longline patches . . . an indication of consort). This introductory sketch (possibly years prior to the Earth’s stoppage) begins with Frank’s shredding of his et cetera mail contrived into the occassion to introduce the (dark matter) sic bats (which are important in Ch. X – Limit of . . . disgusting beadle; When it would be acme . . . the motion periodically tabled; and mentioned in Ch. XI – flew out . . . of human idiom; Ch. XI – A dancing shadow puppet . . . bid them adieu). His career (see also Ch. X – . . . whenever Frank donned . . . their purpose awaited rewind; Ch. X – From a sequence . . . would ever matter) likened unto a weir obstructed by lime, apathy, ailing needs, regulated whet, and addictions, Frank enters a phase of ascetism and is seen gazing at the stones periodically, wishing to “bask far from the vicissitudes, uncertainties, inaccessibility, and trickeries of nominal policy;” a reference to his parliamentary service precedes his decision to seek “an office of involved comptometry.” The sketch in Ch. X – Even as a sprout . . . in the sooty gloom describes his great affinity for that occupation.

II – xwix – (viii) – Piero incalculably elucidated . . our deliberation.

Piero incalculably elucidated . . our deliberation (1.75 KB).     

            Narrator: Three distinct characters, all too busy, Ahem, and Fernand are set in motion here with the aim of converging upon POD (who has failed to repossess Fr. Anselm) in Act II – xii. This is an effective thread and should be kept as is. 

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

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Piero, the area defence counsel, versus the papal assessor.

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

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: Henry (VII), King of Germany.

                Purpose: Hearing Fr. Anselm’s testimony concerning the collapse of the scaffold, the papal assessor concurs that Conrad’s death was accidental. The narrative references the active mine left buried in the galleries below the cathedral after the siege (which is depicted in late Act III).

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Dialogue strained to reflect, if not parody, medevial formal blabla.

                Relevance/Transition: When the topic of the fate of Henry (VII) comes up, the assessor asserts that this “lies beyond the scope of our deliberation,” which essentially leaves whatever follows in the narrative wide open (note that Henry’s own trial needs further development) . . .

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 – xx – (xvi) – A song brewed from . . . the most favored of all.

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A song brewed from . . . the most favored of all (1.62 KB).

            Narrator: Lifted pending evaluation of the feasibility of locating Ferguson’s catspaw into early Act II, the result of which spawns the Founder’s League board meeting and diaspora. 

                A Time & A Place (Setting): Gotham, The Founders’ League board meeting (pre-inversion).

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Dan Matthieu il Fiume Foccaccio.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Board members: Menard, Sergei, Nesbit, Sasha.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: None.

                Purpose: Matthieu intervenes to put closure to the board meeting invoked after the Founders’ League is exposed in the press.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Farce.

                Relevance/Transition: This is a ledge sketch from which the principals of the Founder’s League scatter to their various activities. It is not critical that the subsequent sketches directly follow (i.e. insertion of other themes is briefly possible) . . .

a screen saver that does not kick . . . the search of the skies

Circa August 1999. Heavily revised June 2001. Old text that has survived, featuring the mobilization of officials of the Global Village. In response to criticisms from the media they depart on various expeditions.

After the Niceans temporally abduct Logan Ferguson as a catspaw to divert world attention from their inbound expedition (Ch. IX – Charles . . . was about to toast), an “emergency session of the Global Village convoked in Gotham.” Matthieu, preparing for “a celebration of his vita,” bids his colleagues to “take vacations.”

II – xx – (v) – . . . frozen enough life . . . didn’t belong . . .

v – . . . frozen enough life . . . didn’t belong (2.31 KB).

            Narrator: The eighths.

                A Time & A Place (Setting): inter-regnum wishram.  

                Primary (active, subject) Ch:  Narrators.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: Nicean sprats.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch:  Other worker bees.

                Purpose:  Sustained by dreams from the recently harnessed frozen Trombone Society, Nicean sprats experience exponential growth.

                Method (narrative, process, genre): Absurdist.

                Relevance/Transition:  This passage probably witnessed at Mount Period by Horace and/or the Spoilers in the chapters prior to the Earth’s stoppage . . .

 v – . . . frozen enough live . . . didn’t belong . . .    3KB     RTF     11/29/2007 1:27PM

Circa November 2007. A description of inter-regnum wishram.

A first person editorial of the benefits of wishram, woven into the context of Fr. Anselm’s testimony (II – xx – (v) – . . . frozen enough life . . . didn’t belong), “so excuse me for squeezing more affirmative blank checks out of that tube . . . forced zephyrs wept throughout the stagnant delta no pricier snores than whereabouts fluttered laterally into wishram lullabies of sapient windfalls, snaffled through exercise wheelies of geodesic periodicity . . . [t]his is how callow Nicean sprats (II – xxi – (xi) – Until enough of . . . their adult contretemps), reluctant about swerving from the fast clear shoal aqueduct of superfluous changelessness, thereby experienced inductions of strained meniscus redux elucidations.” The assessor tells Fr. Anselm, “we only ask you to recant your findings, declare them avid manifestations of a personae under personal strain, repeat after me, there are no placebos as homiletic, and you are scot-free,” but throws in the towel after the sacrist refuses (II – xx – (viii) – Within the cathedral . . . preserve us from the dark swoopers). AHRIMAN, preparing for his first jump, believes that he can persuade the doomed sacrist to get onboard (II – xxi – (viii) – An explosive brunch . . . scudded across the tumulus) with his plan to control the Church.

II – xx – (viii) – Within the cathedral . . . preserve us from the dark swoopers.

Within the cathedral . . . preserve us from the dark swoopers (2.44 KB).

            Narrator: Three distinct characters, all too busy, Ahem, and Fernand are set in motion here with the aim of converging upon POD (who has failed to repossess Fr. Anselm) in Act II – xii. This is an effective thread and should be kept as is. 

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

                Primary (active, subject) Ch: Fr. Anselm versus the papal assessor.

                Secondary (inactive, object) Ch: None.

                Tertiary (referenced, en passant) Ch: The area defence counsel Piero.

                Purpose: His offer of lenience rejected by Fr. Anselm, the papal assessor warns of one to follow (presaging Prince O’Darkness).

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

                Relevance/Transition: The papal assessor fades into a modern figure, indicating he is from the future . . .

vii – summations of Fr. Anselm’s trial       6KB     RTF     12/16/2006    11:37AM

Circa September 2006. AHRIMAN’s attempt to infiltrate the medevial church.

In addition to the scribbling italicized above, Black Book etchings were folded in to create a composite sketch relating Fr. Anselm’s exculpation from capitol charges (II – xwix – (viii) – Piero incalculably elucidated . . our deliberations), and his subsequent refusal to recant transmontane beliefs (II – xx – (viii) – Within the cathedral . . . preserve us from the dark swoopers). Even the papal assessor admits “the flocks of comparatively moral parishes are not prepared to have this new cosmogeny sprung upon them,” yet presses on, “we only ask you to recant your findings, declare them avid manifestations of a personae under personal strain, repeat after me, there are no placebos as homiletic, and you are scot-free.” The sacrist’s counsel, Piero, objects, “[t]his was a programme of opportunistic speculation . . . that was eventually shown how sentiment attached value to a missing item affectedly,” and despite the assessor’s insistence of “lovingkindness,” Fr. Anselm refuses lenience, “proclaiming may the ghost of St. Felix preserve me from the dark swoopers!” The assessor whistles himself from the stage, in a vaguely reverse deus ex machina which links him to the modern papal nuncio (I – vi – (wix) – When in Aprille . . . let us pray). The balance of the composite sketch is split off (II – xxi – (viii) – An explosive brunch . . . scudded across the tumulus) …

 

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