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the three jamaican dancers

begin to sing as he takes his

wife’s hand and they take a

step into the temple’s courtyard.

A stenographer’s assistant asks

them if they would like to buy doves

and the chief of the

concubines wants to know if they want

pants.  the chorus is insistent

about the quality of cotton and

they movements

needed for aerodynamics.  A novice

of the court

invites the young family into

the presence of the king’s robes.  They

see purple so deep and the chorus

gasps when trouble enters the

frame, when the king begins speaking

with their youngest family member,

a boy with a bruise above his eyebrow.

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