Today’s text is by far too short for readers to follow the audios. Yet the account that Charlie gives of the transformations that are taking place in his mind, soul and spirit cannot be left out: they are a part of him, which means that knowing Charlie implies knowing all his past.
The audios will be the ones to help you catch up with the narrative, while the next two video episodes are ready for uploading, together with the second series of questions. These will enable you to answer the most substantial questions on Daniel Keyes’s work to be uploaded in post nº 75: don’t hesitate to answer!
Flowers for Algernon (8)
May 18—I am very disturbed. I saw Miss Kinnian last night for the first time in over a week. I tried to avoid all discussions of intellectual concepts and to keep the conversation on a simple, everyday level, but she just stared at me blankly and asked me what I meant about the mathematical variance equivalent in Dorbermann’s Fifth Concerto.
When I tried to explain she stopped me and laughed. I guess I got angry, but I suspect I’m approaching her on the wrong level. No matter what I try to discuss with her, I am unable to communicate. I must review Vrostadt’s equations on Levels of Semantic Progression. I find that I don’t communicate with people much any more. Thank God for books and music and things I can think about. I am alone in my apartment at Mrs. Flynn’s boardinghouse most of the time and seldom speak to anyone.