Subtext, it’s all about the subtext …

Mix gothic novel with Goethe’s Faust (sort of), throw in a bit of classical mythology and then you’ve got:

Fox turned the book between his hands. Dark, red leather, soft and smooth like silk. The flash of gilt letters and ornaments. He rubbed his thumb over the inscription on the spine – Mysteries of the Rhine.

He flicked the book open. The frontispiece showed a strapping young man in the shabby, dark clothes of a poor scholar, a fat book raised high over his head. In front of him crouched what looked like a cross between Cerberus and a sheep. “Worthy Markander and the three-headed monster poodle,” the inscription read. And on the title page,

THE HORRIBLE MYSTERIES
OF THE RHINE
being the true story
of seven brave students
of Mayence
& what befell them.

One thought on “Subtext, it’s all about the subtext …

  1. Sandy

    Oh, and in case you wonder about the Faustian part: in Goethe’s FAUST Mephisto (the Devil) first enters the stage as a black poodle. 🙂

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