Now Kim starts to be conscious of a great sea inside himself, a fluid composition of—what? Imagination, instinct, spirit? He cannot tell what, but feels himself hanging in the fabric of time; feels the weight and ghostly beauty of duration itself…
“Alright, enough already with the philosophising, for today at least,” Jaymi murmurs. “You’re giving me a headache. Something a little more concrete, please? There, off you go.”
And Jaymi nudges Kim down along a floorboard-creaking servants’ passageway below stairs, past an alcove of gas-jets and mild tea, where a passerine lady wearing spectacles pops up without warning and presents him with a little blank notebook of the kind sold in a village store, before hopping brightly off to wherever she came from. Kim thanks her retreating figure, then creeps further down the passage, trying not to creak the floorboards, clutching his pristine notebook, in a glow of excited happiness at receiving his first present and at the prospect of all he may write in it!
Jaymi nods. That’s more like it. A little more reassuring than all that metaphysical stuff.
Soon Kim comes to another alcove, where a wardrobe-mistress is installed, cosy as a Bagpuss, just inside the door of a walk-in closet so densely hung with old stage costumes that she must have quite a squeeze to get herself far enough inside to reach out the costumes she must be called on to fetch. Stage props are heaped on a shelf behind her, too: among them, Kim sees a deck of playing-cards and a jug of wine, flanking a plate of wax muffins.
Jaymi rubs his hands together. Wax muffins—very good. Those will doubtless come in handy, somewhere in The Imagination Thief.
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