It is Wednesday and time to catch up with Cornelis, Felicity and Copper as they discover more about the purple world and their genial host… the purple chimp. There are some disturbing parallels with the trio’s own world that will have to be unravelled…after a sumptious tea however.
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Happy Chinese New Year. Happy Year of the Earth Pig!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system. My chuckaboos, it’s time for Hidebound Hump Day! Our heroes are in a strange purple world. It reminded me of this image Rob Goldstein made for the virtual art show I held for him.
This chapter has Felicity pondering some issues of the heart. Some of you might think back to earlier chapters, and whether or not you were on “team Ignatius.” If you ask Cornelis, he’d say the Woman in Trousers was smitten. (Chapter 16)
People have always encouraged me to write romances, but I leave that to the experts — like Mary. The “random things” that drove today’s episode were sent by Mary J. McCoy-Dressel. She writes novels about “sweetly-sensual contemporary western romance with strong family ties.”
Cornelis Drebbel’s magical submarine is at our port. The klaxon sounds as the vessel rises to the surface, and we’re ready for another chapter of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers!
Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers
Our trio was on the run from three different groups of bad guys, including huge and dangerous trained chimpanzees, one of which gestured in sign language the word daddy. Felicity recognized the leader of one group by her voice as a woman from Copper’s town, but she couldn’t recall which woman possessed that voice.
They hid out at the pavilion of Alastair Wong, where alchemy gone awry gave them a map with a clue to where they might find Copper’s missing father. Still on the run, they boarded Cornelis Drebbel’s submarine where they met Absinthe, the Green Fairy. Subsequently the submarine ran aground in an amethyst world.
Chapter 28 Our bricky friends met a very gentlemanly, large, chimpanzee. He also happened to be dressed in a suit and hat. Oh, and he was undeniably purple. The words of the “amethyst ape” stunned everyone when he met Cornelis Drebbel.
“Cornelis Drebbel, Lord of Alchemy, I welcome you to these shores. Please accept my humble apology for not recognizing you. No one has seen you for decades. It was feared that the purple people eater had… well… But how foolish of us to think you would have been bested by any beast, no matter how fearsome.”
Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers
29 — Straitlaced, Queen Anne Style Architecture, Harper’s Bazaar
The suited, bespectacled purple primate was a willing listener for Cornelis Drebbel. I wouldn’t have expected an ape to speak our language, even if he could talk. Nor would I have thought we would understand him. When I was about to ask, a significant look from Cornelis caused me to realize it had to be one of the Dutchman’s tricks at work, allowing us to communicate with one another.
The alchemist gave the primate a full tour of the submarine. The amethyst ape soaked up every detail as Cornelis explained how the many inventions onboard were used in the navigation and other workings of the submarine. The ape seemed to have an astonishing scientific comprehension of what the Dutchman said in describing his inventions.
Cornelis had gone on about doppelgängers and was genuinely concerned about the consequences if one of us met our double in this perplexing purple place. I remembered Copper’s giggling exclamation comparing the straitlaced ape to her father.
I thought it simply childish fantasy, but then I recalled how the Dutchman reacted to her words. He curled his lips inward in a rueful grimace and raised his bushy blonde eyebrows. Then he pursed his lips and inclined his head pointedly toward the purple primate. At that moment the ape reminded me very much of the portrait of Calvin Hixon.
I studied the primate’s face and tried to imagine a human version. My eyes grew wide.
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