Friday, January 8, 2016

Afon-Bedd and Cane

Afon-Bedd, the Tri County Lunatic Asylum formerly known as Pen-y-Fal, has finally accepted our hero as a likely candidate. It wasn't easy. And it might have had something to do with the name change as much as anything else. Pen-y-Fal means Sugarloaf, and there are hills with the name Sugarloaf in Wales, in Ireland, a most impressive Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro. Indeed I'm told that around the world there are over 400 Sugarloaf hills or mountains and there's a Sugarloaf Mountain right here in Kentucky. It's a couple of hundred miles north and east of where I live and it's near a town called Morehead which is one of 425 towns recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Home Rule class of City. Home Rule means that a city can kind of do what it wants as long as it doesn't break state laws.

 The other area of dispute between your writer of pulp and our hero had to do with the extent to which our hero was deserving of a place in Afon-Bedd. Matters had achieved so great an impasse that our hero had actually walked out of Afon-Bedd, and he'd advised his narrator that he had no intention of ever going back. The compromise was achieved through a series of interruptions to the professional examination of our hero's mental health which resulted in number of delays in the more formal decision making process. At the same time "I will not be marked by Cane!" remains our hero's fundamentalist position. And as I understand it "by Cane" our sensitive hero means "the stigma of insanity." Meanwhile your writer of pulp is very much looking forward to our hero's return to Afon-Bedd and he does have some confidence that this time he'll remain for at least long enough to reenact the Vestry of Monnow.

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