Born in a Collapsing Room

By Kate. 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.

    3 Comments

    1. c says:

      i am starting to have sympathy meniss on a human level, where his feelings are described about on aging and lost opportunities to experience interactions/ relationships as youth instead wasting his energy/excitement for life on dramatic situations by working for the CIA

    2. c says:

      i am starting to have sympathy for meniss on a human level, where his feelings are described about on aging and lost opportunities to experience interactions/ relationships as youth instead wasting his energy/excitement for life on dramatic situations by working for the CIA

    3. Observer says:

      Yes, it is something we all face.

      As to how we deal…Does anyone watch Futurama? There’s an episode where Bender is made to face the reality of his impending mortality & asks the others how they deal with it. I forget all of the responses off hand, but Fry says something like, “thanks to denial, I’m immortal.”

      The immortals themselves might be able to relate more to Bender here, because his death is something so far off that in the present sense he might as well be immortal. Even immortals will eventually die, if not by old age then by happenstance. Just that death seems so incredibly far off in the present.

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