This week’s words: Bite Smooth Open Deserve Paradox Semaphorism (n.)) a conversational hint that you have something personal to say on the subject but don’t go any further—an emphatic nod, a half-told anecdote, an enigmatic ‘I know the feeling’—which you place into conversations like those little flags that warn diggers of something buried underground: maybe a cable that secretly powers your house, maybe a fiberoptic link to some foreign country.) Tension Playhouse Neptune Stalemate Muse Thieves
Boris Neptune was far from an open book type of character. He was a smooth operator, and it could be said that he conducted himself through a series of nods and winks, with a conversation that acquiesced in most situations. The trouble was you always suspected that there was more going on in Boris’ mind than he let on. He had learned the art of the semaphorism and therefore perfected the practice of secrecy.
It was a paradox that Boris could appear benevolent and malevolent at the same time, and you were never sure which it was, but you suspected he was more malevolent a fact that was so often born out.
It was part of the character trait of the Neptunes. They were always to be found on the far edge of society, they lived on Eighth Street and had four kids all just like their father, remote and isolated.
Many thought of them as little more than a pack of thieves who deserved whatever came their way.
There was always tension on Eighth Street, the police were frequent visitors, and a stalemate had been reached over whether to prosecute them over a series of incidents when brawls had broken out, and they were accused of biting the police sergeant’s son. Their suspicions were founded on the fact that Saturn Neptune, Boris’ voluptuous daughter, was often seen to be musing on the sergeant’s son. It all came to a head one night when the Neptunes in a rare public appearance attended the local playhouse to view Saturn in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Mid-Summer Nights Dream’ where she played opposite the sergeant’s son, Pansy Gardiner, and in the final scene placed a more than generous kiss on the grateful lips of the sergeant’s son.
The Shakespearian pandemonium that followed was something to behold. Arrests were made and when everything settled down Boris was heard to utter one of his now infamous semaphorisms, “I know how he felt.”