On Rooms and Inside Windows: The Many Benefits of a Door-handle

The Hare can go from room to room without so much as glancing at a door-handle. Door-handles are how the flu virus is spread, and the Hare hasn’t suffered from it once.

There is a window to a room much like a shopfront, and the shop sells teapots and deer-heads. The teapots have holes in and the deer-heads are annoying.  People go by, mostly minding their own petty business; it is raining, and they all look worrisome and worn, like it’s acid rain, and they’re all carrying solemn-looking statues  of themselves.

The shopkeeper is constantly adding his own money to the till, so that when the owner Mr. Samuel Glazer – minus his recently deceased son – returns he won’t be as furious as usual. The shopkeeper has been entrusted with supervising the Glazer’s 7-year old daughter, Elizabeth. As Easter is approaching, she is painting eggs. The other children are peeling potatoes. The supply of eggs is constant.

The Hare is growing tired of the smell of the room, and all those broken, messy eggshells, and the proud, reluctant sobbing of the potato-peeling children.

For all his talk of tardiness, Mr. Glazer is half-an-hour late already. His precious pipsqueak of a daughter has not yet managed to paint one egg without breaking it, and she insists that it is the stench of the other children that is distracting her.   

Thomas cuts his finger on the knife, and sheds a tear.

The shopkeeper looks coldly at a Elizabeth, with a stare she refuses to acknowledge.

To his dismay and bewilderment, the Hare is unable to leave through these walls. He can only watch the pungent room as events unravel like a disease.

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13 thoughts on “On Rooms and Inside Windows: The Many Benefits of a Door-handle

  1. i hope this does not mean the poor hare will have to use the door-handle to get out of this awful room and suffer the consequences of catching the flu and being fed potato soup from an egg encrusted paintbrush. especially if he is fed by Mr. Samuel Glazer, who does not sound at all kind.

    please do keep us informed!

    peter the bear

  2. yeah sorry, if it were up to me i’d spend all my time in this paticular *demention* ‘Tis a great pity that i cannot, for I am studying for an MA in Film Studies at the moment and that gets in the way of my blogging 😉

    plus, The Hare needs to take a rest between adventures. They are really quite exhausting. I appreciate your continued *custom* though, listener, you are one of the Great few who have grasped some understanding of this chaos 🙂

    Stick around folks, and our hastily documented shinanigans may from time to time turn up something spectacular. maybe. i’ll try to at least copy and past some sort of poem from somewhere to put on here. Will that do? no, of course it won’t. And it’s gonna get worse, too, cos I’m off to sweden next week for about 5 days. Does anyone know anything about Stockholm?

    A question; are you still my friend, even between posts? You are my friend, right? :S

    Does anyone want to collaborate on P&TH: The Movie? Great merchandising opportunities, I should think.

    I believe you can subscribe to this blog via RSS, to get notified when i update, which may be an option for people who are getting slightly miffed with The Hare’s irregularity.

  3. ah, peter the hare,
    although i am quite certain the hare’s adventures are much more interesting, and certainly should not be neglected, nor underestimated… than analyzing other people’s films and theorizing over the post structuralist oppositions while drinking cafe au lait, peter the bear does understand the hare must have a life and indeed must live it…especially if more stories are to be told.

    and the poems are good, but no…do not come close to satisfying as your own writing does, but we shall wait patiently.

    peter the bear observes in life that gifts given are often not seen by the person who has them…


  4. I just wanted to express how much I love the way dreamlistener begins her posts with ‘ah, peter the hare’, and sometimes replaces ‘hare’ with ‘bear’. This has given me a lot of joy and I hope that it continues.


  5. would love to know the name of the artist of the painting of the young girl peeling potatoes with the young boy looking on.

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