Posted by Ed Kiser on February 12, 2016 at 08:13:47 user Kisered.
In Reply to: Re: Gibber posted by John Nichols on February 10, 2016 at 17:29:03:
DEUS EX MACHINA - Perhaps this role was the part played by Gibber. In Missee Lee, he was a kind of catalyst that helped to make things happen, and provided a bit of comedy as well.
Since I did reference Missee Lee, it is hoped that I may be allowed to add in this bit of Latin, although I felt that the Latin in that story was a bit of an irritation - that is, until I had finally studied Latin in school for several years, then these Latin references in ML became an interesting challenge.
In development of the Plot, perhaps Daddy showing up in Holland at just the right moment solved quite a few problem. And perhaps,this Latin Phrase could be applied to Nancy's getting the Mumps in Winter Holiday, as without that, the whole story just misses out. The same Plot Changer influence can be said of Pike Rock in Swallowdale, as its presence changed the turn of events for the rest of the story. The unexpected visit by the Great Aunt certainly changed the events of the next ten days in Picts and Martyrs. The Plot comfortably goes on down the road, until quite unexpectedly, something come up to makes the Plot take a sudden turn onto some side exit into a totally unknown area. We have seen in our own lives how certain events, perhaps surprises, call for a complete change of previous plans, and life takes on a new perspective.
We never know, but that is what makes it exciting, an Advenure.
Ed Kiser, Kentucky, USA [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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