Chapter 3 - Grids in Motion (Gridulus in Motus)

Given the Grid Man's passion for ordinary grids, one can only imagine our hero's euphoria when he discovered grids in motion (gridulus in motus), thanks to an ancient but quite magical papyrus scroll he found during one weekend field trip to the Dead Sea. To this day, the meaning of the "2IH" inscription remains a mystery.

Chapter 3A - A Question of Authenticity

In the interests of full disclosure, one must add that certain scholars seriously question the authenticity of this scroll, arguing that no ancient author could possibly know about Albrecht Dürer, the late 15th-, early 16th-century German painter, printmaker and mathematician, notwithstanding Dürer's substantial and unquestionably admirable interest in grids.

Nor could any ancient author have known about the early 20th-century French composer Claude Debussy, and his popular piano piece La Cathédrale engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral, no. 10 from Book I of the Preludes), which was inspired by the Breton legend of the mythical city of Ys (Kêr Is, in Breton) off the coast of Brittany, and ruled over by King Gradlon, though ultimately doomed to be engulfed by the sea. On the other hand, Debussy himself most likely would have known about this magnificent painting, Évariste-Vital Luminais's 1884 masterpiece, La Fruite du Roi Gradlon, depicting the King's attempt to flee the sinking city.

The purists, for their part, counter-argue that all chronological inconsistencies in the scroll -- and let's face it, there are more than a few -- are absolutely irrelevant, given that the scroll is magic. They adamantly insist, sometimes quite noisily, that it is no accident that the scroll contains the latin phrase Integra Naturae Speculum Artisque Imago, roughly translated as "the whole of nature reflected in the image of art," and taken from Johann Theodor de Bry's famous engraving for the frontispiece of Robert Fludd's monumental 1617 treatise, Ultriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia (The Metaphysical, Physical, and Technical History of the Two Worlds, Namely the Greater and the Lesser).

It is curious to note that certain marginal scribbles in The Grid Man Archives suggest that the Grid Man was so taken with Fludd's work that he actually began planning a video version of it. To this day, however, no evidence of a finished project has ever been found.

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