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life in the capital, or, the fascinating world of Mr. Ackroyd

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  • louise
    In his novel, The Plato Papers , our author provides us with the initial calendar compass: c. 3500 BC - c. 300 BC: The Age of Orpheus c. 300 BC - c. AD 1500:
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 6, 2004
      In his novel, 'The Plato Papers', our author provides us with the
      initial calendar compass:

      c. 3500 BC - c. 300 BC: The Age of Orpheus
      c. 300 BC - c. AD 1500: The Age of the Apostles
      c. AD 1500 - c. AD 2300: The Age of Mouldwarp
      c. AD 2300 - c. AD 3400: The Age of Witspell
      c. AD 3700 : The Present

      The character of Plato keeps returning to an explanatory glossary to
      enable his acolytes to understand the particular form of spiritual
      darkness characteristic of that intermediate Age.

      Chapter 9, for instance, commences thus:

      *remote control: a form of worship conducted by the people of
      Mouldwarp, in the belief that they might manipulate distant events
      with certain ritualised ceremonies. Tribal dancing may have been
      part of these rites, but it is also likely that letters or numbers
      were chanted as a way of summoning the mechanical spirits of the
      earth.
      *rock music: the sound of old stones. This is a condition not
      previously ascribed to Mouldwarp, but the phrase itself is evidence
      that some connection was made between ancient objects and musical
      harmony.
      *second in command: the belief in the supremacy of time. All
      aspects of existence were once governed by this concept, as in
      second sight, second thoughts and second childhood.
      *see red: to see into the fire at the heart of all things.
      *sexist: a proponent of the notion that there were only two or, at
      most, three sexes.
      *sleeping car: an example of the belief that inanimate objects, when
      not being employed or exploited, reverted to a dormant state.
      See 'sleeping bag' and 'sleeping tablet'.
      *solitary confinement: a state of mind, much encouraged in the
      Mouldwarp period.
      *space age: the space between objects was believed to grow old and
      die; it was a way of assigning mortality, and fatality, to the
      entire universe.
      .................................

      A sample merely, from yet another innovative work by the author
      of 'Chatterton' (one of the very few 20th century novels I've read
      complete); a paean to lateral thinking ...

      Louise
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