It is the going underground that preserves the body, so though Persephone is ancient and Alice long ago became antique each could pass for sixteen. They stand close, arms about each other's waist, faces pressed together -- halves of an apple cut to show the star of seeds. They stand on opposite sides of knowing, balance each other. What Alice lacks in weight she makes up in fear, heavy as the denser metals. It is the going underground that gives them this battered look -- dark crescent moons beneath the eyes, lips swollen and split at the corners. Dirt in their scalps, at the roots.
(Pishsalver & Upelkuchen's from my 1/2 guinnea hat):
CURRICULUM OF A.'. A.'. COURSE I. GENERAL READING. SECTION 2. --- Other books, principally fiction, of a generally suggestive and helpful kind: [...] Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah. Alice Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah. — Aleister Crowley Magick in Theory and Practice Appendix 1
"...one can hardly comment upon a theme which has been so fruitfully treated by Ludovicus Carolus, that most holy illuminated man of God." -From BOOK 4, by Fra. Perdurabo and Sor. Virakam (Aleister Crowley and Mary d'Estes Sturges)
Ladies and Gentlemen... Step up! Step up!... I, Mercury, the messenger of the gods, invite you... tonight, for one night only... at this very venue... to enter the mind, the very great mind, of Doctor Parnassus!
DOCTOR PARNASSUS’ cabin is tiny. It’s packed with books and memorabilia; Egyptian/Assyrian/Greek/etc., magic trick paraphernalia, and much else. A hanging lantern suspended from the ceiling throws moving shadows. DR. PARNASSUS is slumped despondently on a cramped bed. A plate of untouched food sits on a table in front of him. He has laid out tarot cards. To the right - The Magus.. to the left - The Devil. The next card is The Maiden. He places it carefully beneath The Magus. And as the waters rose... the people's need for stories grew. Stories that would feed a great hunger. A hunger for more than just understanding... MR NICK What exactly do you do here? DR. PARNASSUS We tell the eternal story. MR NICK Oh.... What's that? DR. PARNASSUS The story that sustains the universe. The story without which there is nothing.