09-20-2016, 06:24 PM
(09-20-2016, 02:44 PM)WalrusWrangler Wrote:Quote:That's a common motif through the stories. Any time the play "The King in Yellow" shows up insanity is sure to follow.
Yes, I got that. That play is a wonderful device, because the reader can never be sure what is real, imagined, true, or madness in the perceptions of one who has read the play, part of the play...and since we read little parts here and there, can we trust what we sense? The stories have involved us.
The second story, straightforward, doesn't descend to schizoid lunacy. Perhaps I should read it as if it did. Genevieve could have been put in a coma, her boyfriend murdered, the maids nonexistent. But the narrative as presented is still interesting.
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." ~ HL Mencken