The Hall of Mirrors

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The Hall of Mirrors

Post by munsi » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:57 am

The young man stepped into the hall of mirrors, and there he discovered himself, made twisted and perverse.

Misshapen and grotesque, his faults writ large across the cool glass pane, mistakes taking up his whole field of view. The visage that greeted him horrified him, broke his spirit utterly. He shattered into fragments, and the bits were blown to the four winds, never to be seen again.

The reflection stepped down from the mirror, exited the hall, and went out into the world, reflection taking the place of man.

It was surprised to find that few could tell the difference.

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Re: The Hall of Mirrors

Post by strawman » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:29 pm

I really like the concept of a hall of mirrors that reflects true images, as opposed to the distorted truth that people present of themselves to the world.

Self-examination is often like this. If there is too much guilt and shame, either in actuality or false perception (as in severe depression), people can virtually shatter into fragments and blow away.

Because I think the concept is so good, I want to encourage you to spend more time on it and do several more drafts. It has potential to be great IMO.
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Re: The Hall of Mirrors

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:26 pm

Strawman is right.
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Re: The Hall of Mirrors

Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:11 pm

One of my favorite themes. It's very Dorian Gray.
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Re: The Hall of Mirrors

Post by munsi » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:14 am

yeah, i was thinking that myself. this may appear in a version longer than drabblesized at some point in the future

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