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James Urie ([info]castout) wrote in [info]characterlist,
@ 2008-07-20 01:56:00

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I'm not the man my father wanted me to be; I'm so much better.
A week after I left home I reached the royal city with no money and no one to go to. I was wandering the dark middle layer, not metaphorically between the dark and the light, but literally skirting the edges. I reached into my pocket, looking for enough money for a place to stay for the evening and found this instead, a torn page from one of the books I loved and my father never respected. It won't buy me anything--put food in my stomach, or a roof over my head--but it's worth the weight of my future, worth a freight zeppelin's haul.

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

Is there anything that uplifts you, even though other people think it's silly?

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2008-07-20 03:53 pm UTC (link)
That's pretty cool. People think I'd be a person to like "Casey at the Bat", but I find it kinda depressing, though I guess it is good for making sure you don't get too cocky when you step up to the plate.

Um. That doesn't make any sense to you, does it?

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2008-07-20 09:00 pm UTC (link)
*polite smile* Not terribly much, no, but I can gather it's related. What is Casey at the Bat about? Er, you know, other than some person named Casey, being at bat.

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2008-07-20 09:12 pm UTC (link)
It's about a cocky guy who everyone expects will win the game for them, and then he...doesn't.

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2008-07-20 09:36 pm UTC (link)
That sounds...interesting actually. Not the kind of fable people usually tell. I like it. What happens to him?

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2008-07-20 09:54 pm UTC (link)
That's the end. The last stanza of the poem is:

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.

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2008-07-20 11:50 pm UTC (link)
Oh, that is sad. There were many hopes riding on his shoulders I imagine. That's a hard thing. Having one person look up to you can weigh you down. Having to hold up the hopes of many can be devestating.

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2008-07-21 01:28 am UTC (link)
It's not a true story, though I'm sure there are people in the world who know how he feels. It can be tough, definitely.

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2008-07-24 05:35 pm UTC (link)
Gears moving in perfect unison. The tick of a clock when it's wound just right.

The smile on my friend's face.

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2008-07-24 06:17 pm UTC (link)
There is something to be said for the movement of gears, for sounds that are steady, that you can count on. I feel like perfect movement might be beyond us though. Seems like everything you think you can count on winds down eventually.

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2008-07-25 02:29 am UTC (link)
Just because something winds down doesn't mean it can't be restarted. It doesn't even mean that something better can't be built in its place.

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2008-07-26 05:49 pm UTC (link)
*mulls it over* I definitely believe that something better can always be built. I guess it's just the destruction that's inevitable in the creation that gets to me. I wouldn't consider myself an optimist, but things seem to happen in the way that moves progress forward, more often than not.

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