I was involved in a discussion about the dynamics of a play that incorporated people talking about literature. I asked if destiny could represent constraints on action and the discussion of causes represent a zone of freedom. I thought I could distinguish a structure.
Destiny : Cause :: Quotation : Commentary
In the play of interpretation the act of citing is like the decree of destiny in a story. It sets up the anchor to which the play of interpretation tends to circle round either by honing in or expanding from. The commentary is like the causes in a story — it provides the generation of alternatives; it weighs possibilities.
Still pondering if the relation of destiny to cause is like the relation of quotation to commentary.
And so for day 2968