Topic: "Act I, Scene I" (8)
In the months to come, Frodo is doing something a bit different. Along with his continuing commitment to the vignette, he is adding a serial perspective. The story therein is a mixture of truth and hypothesis, for the accusation is a serious one and the crime cannot be proven, given all that we now know. Frodo will intersperse the serial in truly eclectic fashion with his perspectives which have truly caught the English-speaking imagination, or so Frodo himself imagines. The next scene of the serial may follow immediately upon the end of its predecessor, or it may tumble into view days thereafter. Serials will always be identified as a scene from an act upon the stage of life, and death.
The story is about murder. Frodo lost someone near and dear whose death was hastened by greed. The story, for want of a better placement, truly begins in the times before the Great Depression. We all know that childhood is always difficult, but when there was not enough food, nor time for parental affection, siblings relied on one another in a manner too extreme for most of us today to fathom. Not for many years did Frodo come to understand that the six siblings who would become known to him experienced deep personal resentments despite the apparency that suffering together would seemingly bring them closer over time.
One of the six died in the Great War. One other brother died freakishly during Frodo's tenth year, leaving one brother, and three sisters behind. The remaining brother may never have learned to read or write. One of the sisters accepted a life on the farm, much like that which she had known throughout her childhood. The two remaining sisters were determined to go beyond, and they relied heavily on one another in search of youthful opportunities. The crux of our mystery, and the apparent crime, is documented as follows.
The boy rode a motorcycle, and he had taken notice of the first sister without having any knowledge of the one who would sooner become his wife. The first sister thought he was a "nice guy," but surely not "her type." She had a good feeling about the introduction of the boy on a motorcycle to her sister, and he seemed to rev up to the idea. The Great War intervened, but they married when he was called to duty, and she waited at the stateside base for nearly three years. In the meantime, sister number one prowled the field of available single, or temporarily unattached, boys home on leave, and looking for a "good time." Frodo always felt that she did her part to serve the troops.
Act I, Scene II to follow.