“…the dark backward and abysm of time.”on June 29, 2012 at 12:01 am
Dear Reader, I know how observant (and good-looking) you are, so no doubt you’ve already grasped that Prospero’s lines in the above page are, for the most part, taken directly from The Tempest (hmm, do I need to source a certain W.S. in the credits?).
Seeing as how our old boy was just transmuted from energy into information, he’s a bit peaked, you know and since his—let’s just go with “essence”—has been tied up in The Tempest manuscript for so long, it made sense to me that—as confused and addled as Prospero becomes in this scene—he would “default” to lines of dialogue from the play.
Plus, I really, really, really love the phrase “the dark backward and abysm of time.”
And before I sign off for the weekend, a lovely reader pointed me in the direction of a BBC claymation adaptation of The Tempest that you can see it (at least the first part) here:
(although I did think it strange that they cut Ariel’s song—”a full fathom five your father lies…”—at the top.)
Happy Friday, Dear Reader and I hope that you have a good weekend!