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The Gratuitous Ellipsis.....

July 12th, 2005 (04:54 pm)


I do so adore...the gratuitous ellipsis.


An LJ Friend just expressed
her disdain
for such behavior
in a brief post.

I cringed and laughed.

Couldn't possibly be MORE guilty....

I was reminded of when I was in the 10th grade, and we did a production of
Up the Down Staircase at KAHS, in 1986.

(I had a tiny role as Helen Arbuzzi, the drop-out,
with just enough lines to make me feel cool.
My first SPEAKING role!)

But the boy I had a crush on, Christopher Carter Whatley, had a lead
as Paul Barringer, One of the Teachers.

In my favourite scene, he crushes the heart of a student he had hoped to
calmly diffuse. She had sent him a love letter. He decided the best way to
deal with this--was to treat is as an assignment.

He corrected Alice's love letter.

In this scene:

ALICE (as she precedes PAUL out the classroom door
into the area to L). Yes, Mr.----(Stops herself, and starts to say "Paul," but she
doesn't quite dare. Her hope is growing.)
You want to talk about my letter?

PAUL (nodding). And make a few corrections.

ALICE (bewildered). Corrections?

PAUL (nodding again; professionally.) You use a series of dots instead of
punctuation. Let's see, now. (Reads quickly and without expression.)
Dear Mr. Barringer, Last Sunday I took the subway to your stop--insert comma--
having looked it up on your time card dot dot dot. I hope you don't mind the
presumption. (Looks up.) That's misspelled. (ALICE swallows with difficulty.
This isn't what she expected. He continues rapidly and without expression.)
I walked back and forth across the street from you house--insert comma--back and
forth--insert comma--and my heart was throbbing with this love I bear for you
dot dot dot. (Looks up again.) "Throbbing" is a cliche'. (ALICE is too disturbed
to speak. He continues, as before.) I think of you all the time dot dot dot. I pray to be
worthy of you. (ALICE is stunned and mute.) And if ever you need me to die
for you, I will gladly do so dot dot dot. (ALICE starts slowly L. Unconscious of
this, he continues.) I feel so deeply the truth and beauty--cliche's, no need to
capitalize. But I have to speak out this love I feel dot dot dot dot--(He looks up to see
her going. Speaking after her.) There are some repetitions here and a change of tense,
along with ----(But she's gone. He looks after her with a moment of concern, then
shrugs and goes back in Sylvia's classroom.)

It was my favourite scene...because Chris had received manymanymany love letters
from me. Heavy, with dot dot dot.

Words CAPITALIZED, irrationally.

Bad poetry, too.

All typed.
All ignored.

Every time I saw him do that scene...It was to me. For me.
And I decided
To keep my DOT DOT DOTs.

(Yes, of course I still have the script.)

While transposing the lines from the Play,
it was difficult for me
not to make them easier to read.
Give spaces
and change the shape of the letters.

But the script was published with type-writer text....So I left it.

It's not MY Love Letter.


THIS, is my Love Letter.

And for every breath I take, for every pause when I look up and around, for every
cliche' I spout IN BOLD LETTERS.......I will show my own direction.

Up the Down Staircase.

Not available for correction.


Posted by: Prufrock's Peach (bluemamie)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)

oh dear, i've made alot of people cringe today. i didn't have any particular person in mind when i wrote that, i was just trying to be clever.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)

I wasn't responding to YOU--but the idea.
You said it--

And made me dig up an old piece of myself....

I enjoyed the dig.

If I was posting this for ANYONE
it was for disophy1.

HE wants to correct my love letter.

Please, note?
I laughed as I cringed...when I read what you wrote.

You reminded me.

Posted by: just john (justjohn)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)

And anyway, when Ginger does it, it's a shellipsis!

Posted by: Amethest (amethest)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)

OMG *ow* I remember, in high school, sending a teacher a love letter. And when she talked to me about it, I asked her what she thought of it and she said, "I thought it was extremely well written, the way you said so much and weren't explicit."

She's not even an English teacher!

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)

Teachers...too hot.

Posted by: kymical addiction (kymical)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
by the way....

i am coming to town on friday, around 3 ish. we are going to see the choco movie.
apparently my arrival to austin has prompted an enterage to go and see the film as well.

i hope you are ready for some of this.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: July 14th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: by the way....


We will have my Friend eastland along as well...
He's in Town from NC!


Too much FUN!

Posted by: kymical addiction (kymical)
Posted at: July 14th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: by the way....

daniel will be in town? despite how little time i spend with him it is always a joy to have his company, would you and he be interested in an impromptu dim sum saturday? i have been trying to talk "not open to new experiences" jonathan into it. and i have to have it since i can't get that kind of fix here in denton.
basically with or without you i am getting dim sum saturday.
(but i would much rather have it with you.)

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: July 14th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: by the way....


We must.

Make Jonathan come.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: July 14th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: by the way....

Just e-mailed Daniel, I don't know how long he is in Town...
But I left him a Mafia choice, on the deal.


Posted by: emily (tugena13)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)

awesome. thank you. :)

Posted by: Zutroy (zutroy)
Posted at: July 13th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
I too...

...am a fan of the gratuitous ellipsis.

By the by, you need to post Alton Brown pics!

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: July 14th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: I too...

Working on the Alton Brown Pics...

Just posted the DK Sushi ones!

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