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

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