SÁTÁNTANGÓ [OR A CASTLE MADE OF COW SHIT, OR THE COLLUSION OF PLANETS IN THE TOTAL ANNIHILATION OF LIFE]
The circle encloses around us like a golden thread. The spider takes his time to weave a web. His weapon is invisibility. Everything beautiful in nature is suffocation.
[MRS. SCHMIDT LOWERS HER HEAD BENEATH THE TABLE IN THE BAR. SHE BREATHES IN THE SMELL OF DEAD EARTH.]
Two clocks on the wall show the wrong time. A portrait on the wall of a faded bureaucrat. Irimiás will have returned to the village by morning. The endless sound of rain.
[MRS. SCHMIDT DRINKS A GLASS OF CHERRY LIQUOR ALONE AT THE TABLE. SHE CONTINUES TO STARE FORWARD.]
White smoke moving through the trees. A diagram of an alleyway between a dilapidated house and stable. A map of the planets on the wall. Their orbits circle each other.
[FUTAKI AND SCHMIDT PLAN TO SPLIT THE MONEY BEFORE THE RETURN OF IRIMIÁS. MRS. SCHMIDT PUSHES THE MONEY INTO HER BRA AND LEAVES FOR THE BAR.]
It won’t stop raining until spring. Winters are shorter in the south. There will come a time when there is nothing left to say. A fly moves across a faded newspaper.
[MUSIC BEGINS TO PLAY. HALICS KEEPS TRYING TO DANCE WITH MRS. SCHMIDT. THE VILLAGERS ARE DRUNK AND HAPPY.]
We are unable to replicate the innocence of animals. A child is born sick and cruel. Humanity has to learn to love and it learns this from the animal.
[ESTIKE, A SMALL CHILD HOLDING A DEAD CAT, BEGS THE DOCTOR FOR HELP OUTSIDE THE BAR. THE DOCTOR FALLS INTO THE MUD, CURSING. ESTIKE RUNS AWAY.]
A child eats a handful of rat poison and smooths the creases of her dress. She tidies her hair and awaits the angels. Everything that happens is good.Continue reading