Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there was a mysterious wooden domain in which animals, plants and other wild creature were speaking.

The mystery, however, was less in the domain itself nor its inhabitants gifted with speech. It resided in the fact that at certain times and places of the day, often in the morning and near the ponds, it was possible to hear them clearly.

It began inexplicably on a fine September day and ended when half of the characters almost simultaneously left the domain. The exchanges then became once again incomprehensible and returned to their state of natural noises.

The following dialogues are thus the transcription of 16 months of eavesdropping. They offer a rare glimpse of what animals, plants and other wild creatures sometimes say…

map of the domain

once upon a time

Existential dialogue 3: is beauty an asset?
Socrates the stick and Emily the blue berries think about the effects of beauty.
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Existential dialogue 2: can we avoid doubts?
Socrates the stick and Gottfried the bird examine 3 ways to avoid doubts: the belief in harmony, the search for solutions, the obedience.
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Existential dialogue 1: is perseverance a quality?
Baruch the heron and Socrates the stick discuss the best strategies for fishing and other related matters.
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About these existential dialogues

There are 56 of them, actually posted on https://lecomtedominique.com/lesespacesdiscrets/index.php/en/. They will be modified and rewritten to be progressively posted here.

The 15 speakers of the existential dialogues

existential dialogues
Around the ponds

Around the ponds:

  • Baruch the heron (often on the shores of the small pond).
  • Irina the dead leaves (on the medium pond).
  • Emmanuelle the turtles (often on the shore of the medium pond).
  • Davina the goose (often on the big pond).

Somewhere else in the domain:

  • Gautami the woman-tree (at the crossroad of two trails).
  • Luce the squirrel (everywhere).
  • Jean-Paul the rabbit (next to the outer reaches).
  • Gottfried the bird (often next to the ponds).
  • Simone the green berries (on the heights)
  • Emily the blue berries (on the heights, then at the stick’s).
  • Peter the hawk (often next to the rest of the world).

In the outer reaches:

  • Aurelius the angel (when he is sleeping).

Beyond the outer reaches:

  • Niccolò the snake.
  • Charmide and Mickael the deer.

In the rest of the world:

  • Socrates the stick (when he is not walking in the domain).

Reading options

You’ll have 3 choices to read these existential dialogues once they are all published:

  • read them in chronological order to follow the story from the beginning (start above).
  • read them randomly as each dialogue stands by itself (see Archives once you have opened a dialogue).
  • read them by choosing the characters talking, or the themes discussed (see below).