The Stories of Thoth and Ma'at:

 

Set Delivers The Deadliest Secret in Nature

 

SET and HORUS have both exited after their first, and indecisive, combat in Dunqul. ISIS, MA'AT, NEPHTHYS, THOTH and ANUBIS are still in the Space. SET re-enters, aproned and notably feminine, bearing trays with cups of wine.

ISIS:

Where are they going?

ANUBIS:

(Sniffs:) Horus is on his way to the valley. Set is coming back here.

SET:

But of course. Set is not going anywhere when there's wine to be had, darlings. Isn't this a delicious one, lovey?

ISIS:

Before you begin serving --

SET:

I can deliver the basic lesson at hand as effectively as any of you.

THOTH:

This should be imaginative.

SET:

The Truth is One. And if you ever buzz me like that again in the middle of a fight, I will slice you from windpipe to weewee, and you will fall down.

THOTH:

On the day that your arm becomes as swift as thought. Just serve the wine.

 SET:

What have I done? The decline in public civility is shocking even to me, and I'm the one who started it. Ladies and gentlemen, the crux about wine is this: The fermentation of fruit and grain into alcoholic liquor is the deadliest secret in nature, and one of the clearest proofs that this realm must be operating in divine guidance. If it were not, then how could such a powerful threat to the health of the soul occur here in nature so lazily, so easily and everywhere?

Alcohol is my friend. He's a killer. Putting it simply: I will harvest every body of flesh here in this room within the next hundred years, though some last longer. The ones that alcohol catches are the easiest for me. They seem to stretch their necks toward the blade, and they fall plumb, without a struggle into the bag. It's not safe for me to harvest many of them at one time, because they're poisonous. Bury the body of a drunk under a flower bush or a hedge, and the plant will lose moisture and begin to wither. But alcohol is not all dismal. It gives courage to terrified people. It liberates laughter. You can realize a great amount of money from making liquor and selling it. You can forget your sorrow until you remember it again. If you don't like life, you can escape from it sooner. Drink up!

SET and other NETERS exit. ENSEMBLE continue to serve wine. LIGHTS come up on the Royal Palace, as before. SET, ANUBIS and THOTH re-enter severally, resume serving the wine. ISIS enters, nearly collides with SET.

ISIS:

Are you still here?

SET:

Of course I'm still here. The wine has an odor that almost jumps. The party's just begun. Question is, precious -- why were you not here?

ISIS:

(To ANUBIS:) Where is Horus?

SET:

You don't know?

SET and ANUBIS:

(Simultaneous:) He's gone to see his father.

ISIS:

(To THOTH:) Will you fly, and watch him?

THOTH:

No. He goes alone this time. He takes care of himself. The only question of any consequence now is -- red wine or white? Grape or melon?

ISIS exits, then LIGHTS fade as other NETERs finish serving and exit. LIGHTS shift to the earth colors of the Red Land.

 

 

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Copyright 2002 Dan Furst

 

 

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