If you ever want to go back in time, visit the lovely St. Augustine, Florida. Here you can take a tour of the old Castillo de San Marcos. At the end spoiler, once more Sgt. Howie finds out Rowan is not only alive, but in on the elaborate plot. It’s not the child who will be sacrificed, but Sgt.
Eventually, CBS radio requested a Canadian Mountie figure for Sgt. Lance O’Rourke. Number 804 was changed to show a figure with both hands on the lap. While Delsarte designed his system primarily for actors, in America it became a popular form of arty exercise. A woman named Genevieve Stebbins developed routines she labeled “aesthetic gymnastics” that were eagerly embraced by middle class women all over America. You may remember the scene in The Music Man where the mayor’s wife and several middle aged women perform studied gestures in preparation for a series of tableaux for a Fourth of July celebration (including a fountain that goes “trickle, trickle, trickle”).
In a critique as a college student, a classmate generated fifteen minutes of conversation concerning the nature of art by hanging a calendar upside down. The artist knew he could capture the imagination of the class with his pseudo intellectual ramblings. The same rules didn’t apply a week later when I proudly presented a Woolworth’s “spring clearance” window sign with car wax applied to it.
If anything could have strengthened her in her resolution, it would certainly have been the insupportable monotony of such an existence. The terrible crowd with which these halls and galleries were filled, so shocked me, that I abridged my stay within the shortest limits, and declined to see that portion of the building in which the refractory and violent were under closer restraint. I have no doubt that the gentleman who presided over this establishment at the time I write of, was competent to manage it, and had done all in his power to promote its usefulness: but will lit be believed that the miserable strife of Party feeling is carried even into this sad refuge of afflicted and degraded humanity? Will it be believed that the eyes which are to watch over and control the wanderings of minds on which the most dreadful visitation to which our nature is exposed has fallen, must wear the glasses of some wretched side in Politics? Will it be believed that the governor of such a house as this, is appointed, and deposed, and changed perpetually, as Parties fluctuate and vary, and as their despicable weathercocks are blown this way or that? A hundred times in every week, some new most paltry exhibition of that narrow minded and injurious Party Spirit, which is the Simoom of America, sickening and blighting everything of wholesome life within its reach, was forced upon my notice; but I never turned my back upon it with feelings of such deep disgust and measureless contempt, as when I crossed the threshold of this madhouse.” Charles Dickens, (Rogers, 2009).