[lit-ideas] Time to Ashberry (late)
- From: T Fjeld <t.fjeld1@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 22:42:15 +0200
In "Die Meistersinger" John Ashberry wrote:
He was raising himself, like a pudding on a platter. ‘You guys know where
you are? I’m trying to figure out what in hell’s going on. So is he too,’
he added, waving his fork at the piebald host, who pressed a napkin to his
‘No need to panic, folks. Our friend is but the first in a series that may
well turn out to be infinite, if past experience is any indicator.’
The clock is running over, and an octopus wears my wallet now.
It brings up some questions, like -- in this precise instance, is it not so
that the place referred to by the speaker (what Dante earlier referred to
as Purgatory) is NOT THE SAME as the location of the speaker -- as we
usually expect when some similar expression is invoked?
And, how does the speaker know what the host is trying to figure out?
Telepathy? Advance agreement? Recursive events?
Ok, so how can an infinite series be referenced as a past experience? Only,
we could suppose, when the "clock is running over." An oblique reference to
Yeats -- or Shakespeare (or, indeed, both)?
Mvh. / Yours sincerely,
Torgeir Fjeld, PhD
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