Friday, June 24, 2011

Scribbledehobbledehoyden: The Magpie's Eye: Page 122


More diagrams!  In the top one, the straight line is a physical screen.  The jagged line is Surplus, approaching the Pearls amiably, being turned down by various functionaries in his attempt to arrange a meeting with the Duke of Muscovy, and then chatting with the Pearls a second time.  The first chat results in this (telescoped) exchange:

When do we meet our bridegroom?
We are anxious to . . . make him happy
The second chat results in Surplus being told:  You have no idea how much trouble we can make.

The second diagram I cannot explain unless it is a first attempt to block out Zoësophia's flirtation with the poet whose name she cannot be bothered to remember.  But that happens in chapter five, so maybe not.


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