Now to the Jump? How high? part.
One day - 20 September 1990 - in a think tank near you: if you're in Sydney, that is, like Susan and Erik are - those two have been working in the think tank for the better part of two years.
[so the beginning is February 1989 and the end is 24 December 1990 - this is when most of the action of A cage of butterflies by Welsh-born Australian science fiction/young adult fiction author Brian Caswell takes place - as indicated by the first chapter].
I remembered that there was a Jump! part and someone replied How high?
You would think that these people would be ... more sceptical ... especially when we consider who we are dealing with.
A man whose nefarious deeds would have me hyperventilating and perspiring on a day in late March 1996.
So here are those lines from page 78 of A cage of butterflies:
Some setting first. Eucalypts and bark and leaf-grabbing are involved; especially from Susan when she is thinking. The ground is bare; as would be expected from this think tank.
Susan - If I could just persuade him to let me inside
This is where the paragraphing and the emphasis diverge.Forget it - Erik says - No-one goes in except the terrible twosome. How are the other researchers taking it?
SUSAN: THAT LOT? LARSEN HAS THEM WHERE HE WANTS THEM. HE SAYS ‘JUMP’, AND THEY SAY, ‘HOW HIGH’?BESIDES HE’S ORGANISED IT PRETTY CAREFULLY.THOSE HE COULDN’T SEND ON WILD-GOOSE ASSIGNMENTS HE GAVE A WEEK’S paid LEAVE.THEY MUST HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS CHRISTMAS.
And that lot - the researchers - could jump at least as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge by the time John Larsen is done with them.
|Thank you Anna K for this illustration of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which is just right to jump and to climb.|
I would quote some of the anniversary parts - the things that happened to the thinktankers and the Babies in 1989 [page 12: 21 October 1989] and 1990 [page 123: 21 October 1990] - some 30 years ago now.
Happy Grandparents' Day! Recently it has been Teachers' Day [25 October 2019] and Children's Day [24 October 2019].
And what a terrible; terrible mindset that is for a young researcher - or really, any researcher.
Here is another JUMP quote:
From high upon the cliff-top; Susan Grace tossed a small black box into the surf below and paused a moment to whisper a few words into the wind. Then she made her way back down into the waiting car; alone. [Caswell: 1992/160].
And sadly there are no emoji of cages; not the literal kind nor the metaphorical kind. The closest I was able to come was a crosshatch.
All quotes are from the University of Queensland Press edition of A Cage of Butterflies.
I like what Gregory Rogers did with the cover. If you tear the butterfly from the face - you see a super large head. And the markings are very characteristic and unique.
An art project could be to capture the essence of each Baby - like I see Ian as a moth and Phetmany as a fritterary and Ricky as a spotted butterfly - maybe Monarch or Wanderer.
Myriam is the one who leads - and Rachael ...
This is a song which talks about the bond which developed - it is from Kinky Boots [Raise you up/Just be].
There is a great poem that Myriam got the youngest - Katie - to scribe.
This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post for the week of 25 October 2019.