I could say that the closing couplet does "wrap up" the character of the family as a whole, since it was uttered as a unifying gesture by a family member whose very existence had been denied for 40 years by her sister and her husband, and whose precise biological relation to their daughter and her two daughters remained unknown until the revelation. So, yes, a miniature family drama.
On Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:20:13 -0500, Bob Grumman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>On 3/10/2011 12:34 PM, Barry Alpert wrote:
>> I count at least 5 speakers. A 13 year old Swiss girl, her 19 year old sister, their grandmother, their grandmother's sister, and the male film archivist. Perhaps the quality of the acting (and a talented subtitler) helped me render convincingly "real" speakers. I'm barely detectable in the third stanza, at fifth remove from the film's director, his editor, the character of the film archivist editing, and the lead character Lucy in her attempt to learn about her doppelganger by learning how to access images stuck in outdated formats.
>I realize there were multiple speakers from your response to Doug,
>Barry. I suspect if I'd paid more attention to previous snaps, many of
>which I missed, I'd known more what you were doing. However, I /did
>/hear the different voices, but attributed them to the free association
>of someone in a strange mood. Psychotic? Or remembering back into many
>phases of a long life? Or remembering things heard.
>I perhaps have too great a need to find a unity in works of art. Here I
>so much liked the punch line that I tried to make it wrap up a single
>character. Which, I fear, I still would rather have it do than just be
>a new character's input. As is, though, I like the poem a lot. It
>certainly works as a kind of play.