Friday, January 1, 2010

Woman in a Box

Sometimes a dream image is so simple and direct it needs no interpretation.
The Dream: A woman is in a box.


  1. In my dream she is buried treasure. I would ask her, does she want to come out yet, or does she have demands that need to be met first?

  2. If this were my dream, it would have an existential flavour.

    Tom Stoppard:
    "Do you ever think of yourself as actually dead, lying in a box with the lid on it? Nor do I really. Silly to be depressed by it. I mean, one thinks of it like being alive in a box. One keeps forgetting to take into account that one is dead. Which should make all the difference. Shouldn't it? I mean, you’d never know you were in a box would you? It would be just like you were asleep in a box. Not that I’d like to sleep in a box, mind you. Not without any air. You'd wake up dead for a start and then where would you be? In a box. That's the bit I don't like, frankly. That’s why I don’t think of it. Because you'd be helpless wouldn't you? Stuffed in a box like that. I mean, you'd be in there forever. Even taking into account the fact that you're dead. It isn't a pleasant thought. Especially if you're dead, really. Ask yourself: if I asked you straight off I'm going to stuff you in this box now – would you rather to be alive or dead?
    Naturally you’d prefer to be alive. Life in a box is better than no life at all. I expect. You'd have a chance at least. You could lie there thinking, well, at least I’m not dead. In a minute, somebody’s going to bang on the lid and tell me to come out. (knocks) 'Hey you! What's your name? Come out of there!'"

    This theme is never far from my mind. In fact, several years ago I started writing a story about a mime who feels trapped in his crappy job working at a company that makes those fortune teller automatons. Seeing your illustration convinces me I should finish it.

  3. Morpheus, your story idea sounds intriguing. The image of the mentally trapped mime so beautifully echoes the automaton he's creating. I hope you finish it.