07 December 2006

"Words Can Mean Anything"

EURYDICE

Orpheus never liked words. He had his music. He would get a funny look on his face and I would say what are you thinking about and he would always be thinking about music.

If we were in a restaurant, sometimes I would get embarrassed because Orpheus looked sullen and wouldn't talk to me and I thought people felt sorry for me. I should have realized that women envied me. Their husbands talked too much.

But I wanted to talk to him about my notions. I was working on a new philosophical system. It involved hats.

This is what it is to love an artist: The moon is always rising above your house. The houses of your neighbors look dull and lacking in moonlight. But he is always going away from you. Inside his head there is always something more beautiful.

Orpheus said the mind is a slide ruler. It can fit around anything. Words can mean anything. Show me your body, he said. It only means one thing.

(She looks at her father, embarrassed for revealing too much.)

Or maybe two or three things. But only one thing at a time.
--Sarah Ruhl,
Eurydice

2 comments:

  1. Nice little piece. One question - why slide ruler? Slide rule is actually what it's called, and they're rigid so I'm not sure how they fit around anything. Did you mean tape measure?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_rule

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  2. It's a literary device- it says something about what the character is saying- Orpheus is represented as detached from reality, and he dosen't like words; Euripides is too involved to care.

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