Welcome to my Meltdown: a daily countdown to Melt’s Nov. 6 release!
Yesterday I revealed my love of Monet, and why I used his paintings as a backdrop in a scene.
In that scene, Joey says, “Me and Doll with all them paintings water, water, everywhere.”
“Water, Water everywhere” is part of a line from “”The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Cooleridge. The complete line is: “Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.”
I read the poem in high school, and this line has stayed in my heart, representing the irony of life. (The narrator of the poem is stranded at sea, surrounded by water he can’t drink.) So using it here is literal – Joey is fantasizing about swimming through the water in the paintings with Dorothy –but the line also hints at the agony of Joey’s life – that he can see the beauty of the life (through the paintings, and through Dorothy), but he feels separated from it, and that he feels he’ll never be able to relish in it.
In case you haven’t guessed, I love paying homage to literary works that have influenced me!
Bye for now.
Don’t forget to pre-order Melt on Amazon for $2.99 to get your $2 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card! Just contact me with your receipt at firstname.lastname@example.org now through Nov. 5, and I’ll e-mail it to you! Have a cup o’ Joe in Dunkin’ Donuts while reading about Joe in Dunkin’ Donuts!