Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Searching for Clues: Classics of Our Time

Our imaginations were shaped by the great classics of our time, such as The Clue of the Broken Locket, in which Nancy Drew, detective, won the respect of her distinguished father and the admiration of the local police with her quick wittedness and courage. My friends and I combed the neighborhood in search of a clue that would lead to a hair-raising mystery – a scrap of paper, a footprint, a rusty key. But nothing panned out. Then one night, a car slowed down on our street (there had recently been a kidnapping in a neighboring town). Quickly and resourcefully, I jotted down the license number. Then the mysterious automobile sped away!

We waited for the next episode to unfold, but nothing happened. There was no second chapter, no subsequent clue. The entire story line collapsed.

Stories in books were more satisfying than life with its disappointments and dead ends. Nancy Drew never discovered a clue that led nowhere and she never had to face having the entire plotline collapse around her. I wonder how resourceful and quick-witted she’d have been then?

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