Minimal Textures and Closure in Afternoon

            There is not much texture in the link between lexia titled 2/, Talking at the Boundaries, White Afternoon, Speak Memory and Winter.  Meaningful or weighty texture found in words that yield is limitedly few throughout Afternoon.  The lexia 2/ have seven words that yield but in the Links menu it shows 10 different links that the readers can follow.  Similarly in White Afternoon and Speak Memory, these two lexia have more links through the Links button then links embedded in the words.  The words that yield in White Afternoon are boy and him, but they both lead to the same lexia (Speak Memory), but Speak Memory does not seems to have any relations to the narrative of the car accident in White Afternoon.  Speak Memory lexia appear to take place at a different time in the narrative from White Afternoon and different characters speaking as well.  A statement that sums up well about the readers quest in finding words that yield can be found in 2/ lexia one of the words that yield is free which lead to another lexia dialectic, “It’s all a fraud: the illusion of choice wherein you control the options, the socalled yielding textures of words…”   Most of the lexia give an illusion to the readers that they do have choice and freedom in the paths of the narrative, but many times the narrative is very much guided by the author.   

            The themes that run through the lexia are history, memories and death.   Afternoon as a whole presents the Peter’s reflection of his son’s death and live with his wife before the separation, and the rest of Afternoon shows snippets of Werts, Lolly, and Narsicaa’s past.  In Speak Memory and Winter, there are the idea of trying to remember or recall some events or images in the characters life.  In Winter, the character that tries to recall winter I speculate to be Peter speaking, but since it follows right after the lexia Speak Memory where a female character exclaimed that she would remember something, makes me come to the conclusion that in Winter the I refers to the female narrator.  Winter describes a scene when a snowmobile burns up and a bunch of yellow oats stands as helpless witness to the incidents.  Then in White Afternoon, the victim of the accidents, presumably Lisa and Andy, lie in the green grass and the witness stands helpless like the oats in Winter, just gazing at the bodies lying on the ground.  Everything in life is part of history, even the poem is “a kind of history” in Talking at the Boundaries lexia.  The type of images and remembrance one has of history is chaos and death. 

Some lexia may repeat itself but in a different context.  A lot of the story is built on associating one events with another depending on which order the lexia are placed.  There is a play on the idea of closure, which is two folds in this hypertext.  There is not a sense of ending or conclusion in the story; therefore it can be taken as a story with no closure.  On the other hand, the story relies on the technique of closures that makes the readers draw their own conclusion from the orders of events that is presented to them.  The readers have to assume that whatever comes next in some ways refers to the lexia that was mention before in some ways.  For there are no names in some lexia, it is merely stated, she says or he says or I.  Therefore based on context depending on the choices of the readers, one can assume the she might be referring to the characters previously mentioned.