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Archive for November 20th, 2007

The Worm Ouroboros continues. At last Lord Juss can “inquire in Koshtra Belorn” about his lost brother. But what he hears may not be to his liking.

Chapter 13 (cont.)

24:27.

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The Worm Ouroboros continues, as our brave mountain climbers find their way up that holy mountain set apart by fate — Koshtra Belorn.

Chapter 13: Koshtra Belorn

17:46.

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The Girl of the Golden West continues. Johnson (aka Ramerrez) arrives at the cabin. Dinner and conversation ensues. You’ll notice that the Girl does a lot of the talking. This is logical, because this play was intended as a star vehicle for the original lead actress. (Though there’s obviously some meaty male parts.)

Chapter 11A

20:14.

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The Girl of the Golden West continues. This is pretty much a “comedy relief” chapter, in which the two Native American characters further their romance, and the Girl takes some pretty comical measures to get ready for her dinner guest. The Girl’s cabin is also described, which is interesting both as a description of a woman’s belongings in the Old West and as set design.

The Native American characters continue to be written in a stereotypical manner (though I’ve seen lots worse elsewhere). I continue to try to read in a way that’s a little less offensive, without actually bowdlerizing the text. Sometimes this is made easy. The setup of an unmarried mother planning a temporary marriage would have been a shocking condemnation of Native lifestyles to audiences back then, but seems depressingly normal to us today.

Chapter 10

24:22.

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