Born in a Collapsing Room
September 24th, 2010
Throughout these narratives, Richard Menniss finds himself trapped
Duct-taped In the trunk of Blair’s car
Handcuffed in the back seat of Saul’s car
Trapped even when the handcuffs are removed by a chip in his belly
(In subsequent narratives, he will find himself forced to live in cramped quarters underground.)
I believe these are all metaphors for the way in which he (and the rest of us) are are trapped by mortality. As Lemon says in Installment 7 of the The Hanger-On:
You’re born in a collapsing room, and the ceiling starts coming down from the moment of your first breath. It never stops, and one day it will get low enough to squeeze the juice out of you.
Don’t we all face this?
How do you deal with it? — Kate
NOTE TO NEW READERS: The Hanger On, currently being posted in installments, is the fourth narrative of The Immortality Project.
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