Flash and Filigree (Terry Southern)

By Terry Southern

Terry Southern is an acclaimed satirist of yank tradition, the author chargeable for sweet and the screenplay of Dr. Strangelove. In Flash and Filigree, his first novel, he provides yet one more outrageously humorous remark at the darkish aspect of our nationwide existence. Frederick Eichner, world-renowned dermatologist, is visited by means of the entrancingly frustrating Mr. Felix Treevly, who involves him as a sufferer and remains as an obsession. Mr. Treevly leads the healthcare professional right into a sequence of hilarious and more and more bizarre events, which, with the help of a drunken deepest detective, a mad pass judgement on, a motor vehicle crash, and a cannabis get together, ultimately force him to mayhem. A wild whirlwind of a singular, Flash and Filigree is a piece of comedian genius from one of many wittiest writers of our time.

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What do you suggest through that, precisely? ” “Correct me if I’m wrong,” responded the physician. “I don’t think I acknowledged ‘against the light,’ yet fairly ‘on the light,’ or maybe, ‘by the sunshine. ’ ” “But you have been, in truth, racing the sunshine? Isn’t that so? ” “No. No, i couldn't exhibit it that method. You indicate a component of pageant that, in truth, was once now not current. the sunshine used to be, because it is, after all, a fixture, a mechanical enforce. i used to be utilizing that fixture to time my descent; precisely, i think, as I said. ” pass judgement on Lester had all started ahead, as in exasperation, a finger raised to press the query, whilst the Jury all at once exploded in a affliction of combined remark: “He was once attempting to beat the sunshine whilst it occurred! ” “Where does he imagine this can be? ” “Running a purple mild! ” “He’s no longer so dumb! ” “Ran the sunshine. ” “Yeah, he’s crazy—like a fox! ” “Not as dumb as he makes out! ” pass judgement on Lester rapped for order together with his gavel, while shuffling a few papers earlier than him. “If I’m no longer mistaken,” he stated flippantly, “this is a facet of the incident that you just didn't carry out on your past statements, either to the officials and to Captain Meyer. Is that no longer right? ” “I can’t go together with that phrasing,” acknowledged Dr. Eichner, irritably. “ ‘Failed? ’ No, I withheld the very fact, when you like. And advisedly so. To have performed differently could have served no positive lead to element of legislation, whereas, psychologically, it should easily have pointed up the already lost emphasis that the officials had given the situations. I’ve had an honest volume of educating in primary psychology, you notice, and I-think-I-know-when . . . ” “That’s sophistry,” acknowledged the loud younger whisper that had previous acknowledged “souped-up. ” And, as abruptly, a guy who gave the look of a farmer, within the heart of the physique, lurched himself ahead, talking suddenly, his face a scrubbed crimson leather-based. “What i need to understand, and what i feel the remainder of this Jury desires to comprehend, with out all this two-faced double speak, is whether you have been attempting to BEAT THAT gentle! ” Dr. Eichner sighed aloud. It used to be glaring he had began to tire. “No,” he acknowledged wearily. “No, decidedly no longer. You it seems that think the traffic-light to be whatever except an invaluable mechanism. probably you notice it as a residing factor, whose intelligence and perspective someway characterize a probability . . . to me, and with whom my courting inevitably is considered one of wrestle. Now, is that this my angle? Or is it your angle? Or, certainly, is it no longer easily the perspective you characteristic to me? In any occasion, allow us to agree that you just see in my courting to the traffic-light, a wrestle. And during this a lot, your assertion is, in our speculation, right, for it justifies using your be aware, ‘beat. ’ so far as you worry then, i used to be, certainly, ‘beating the sunshine. ’ now not even during this context, even if, is the notice, ‘trying,’ admissible, for ‘trying’ implies possibility or attainable failure as some extent of my perspective. this isn't inside your prerogative. you could say, in the event you like, easily that i used to be ‘beating the sunshine. ’ the alternative of phrases is, in fact, your individual affair.

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