The Search For the Epiphanies
“Professor, you must not confound Statics with Dynamics
or you will be exposed to grave errors!” he expostulated.
His Logic made the other’s case moot.
He did not pretend to speak the 2,000 idioms made use of
in different parts of the globe, but he did know the important ones
for he had traveled all over the world in 80 days nonetheless.
He had been both above it as well as below its surface
and all of his voyages he had made many discoveries,
but the Epiphanies had avoided him or he them.
It was if they were floating islands, not fixed points on the maps
which had resisted his efforts to locate them, so he found himself
leaving the Museum of Maps hardly satisfied in the search.
“Cheers for Edgar Poe!” roared the assemblage, electrified by
their President’s words. It made him feel both part of the times
and entirely outside of them, his search had kept him separate.
“An English criminal, you know, is always better concealed
in London than anywhere else,” someone had said to him.
He did not consider himself to be a criminal, but he was English.
He had found himself here across the pond far from Hackney
looking for his epiphany, yet it was not to be found here either.
Passepartout was not the man to let an idea go begging and
directed his steps towards the docks. Perhaps it was time to go home
because maybe his search was chasing it away or maybe if he did not
go to all this trouble, the Epiphany would come of its own accord.
---Purple Mark 10/15/2011
Purple Mark's Prompts:
- Jules Verne: Five Complete Novels. (Gramercy Books, 1995)
- “Professor, you must not confound Statics with Dynamics, or you will be exposed to grave errors.” 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
- "He did not pretend, like a certain learned pundit, to speak the 2,000 idioms made use of in different parts of the globe, but he did know all the more important ones." Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
- "Cheers for Edgar Poe!” roared the assemblage, electrified by their president’s words." From The Earth To The Moon.
- "An English criminal, you know, is always better concealed in London than anywhere else.” Round The Moon.
- "Passepartout was not the man to let an idea go begging and directed his steps towards the docks." Around The World In Eighty Days.
- An Epiphany or sudden Discovery
- Logic: the study of types or forms of inference
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