Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, there was a mysterious 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 of the day, but never on a regular schedule, 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. All the exchanges then became once again incomprehensible and returned to their state of natural noises.

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

About these existential dialogues

There are about 50 of them. They will be progressively posted here.

The ones between the eagles and the child are on the Why? page. They form a special ensemble.

On the Aphorisms page, you’ll read what the owl says. She speaks only at night and with her mate.

Map of the domain

once upon a time

The 14 speakers of the existential dialogues + the owl, the eagles and the child

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:

  • Luce the squirrel (everywhere).
  • Socrates the stick (everywhere).
  • Gottfried the bird (often next to the ponds).
  • Simone the green berries (on the heights)
  • Emily the blue berries (on the heights, then at Socrates’).
  • Peter the hawk (often next to the rest of the world).
  • Friedrich the owl (everywhere, but she never participated in any dialogues; she only speaks with aphorisms)

In the outer reaches:

  • Aurelius the angel (when he is sleeping).
  • Jacques Adam and René Georg the eagles (sometimes)
  • Bertie the child (when the eagles are there).

Beyond the outer reaches:

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

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 by Existential Dialogue 1 then follow the arrows.
  • 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).

Lastly, don’t forget the pages Aphorisms and Why? to read what the owl, the eagles and the child say.