HOUSE OF MIRRORS
Plate VII: "Theater of Fate"
ACT VII: The Puppet Master (The Chariot)
- In which the boy happens upon a puppeteer and his telling show
Ahead opened a broad theater filled with empty seats. In the center an archway held a tiny stage. The little set seemed fit for dwarven actors, a miniature proscenium. The boy took a seat in front of the queer little space and waited. In a moment, odd little puppets descended and began to silently dance, jerking to and fro. The figures were fanciful little jesters, bedecked in brightly tasseled outfits and jingling bells. Their strings moved expertly, moved by the able hands of a tall, thin puppeteer cloaked in black. He began to sing, and danced the imps to keep time:
In a stage whisper, the tall gentleman continued:
The boy sat some time, watching the marvelous puppets dance their spoof of life. Then he felt his strings tug him ever forward into the house.
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