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Part 7 – Driving home: questions and more questions

When pulling away from the curb, Sam realized that he had learned much during his afternoon visit with Mr. Im. Now, not everything was obscure. For example, Sam now had an introductory acquaintance with the man to whom the note was sent. Sam also now knew that his personal life was not as private as he had thought it was; that gave his some shivers.

He now knew a man, Mr. Im, who was the most unusual person he had ever met, with mental abilities outstripping all the professors he had known during his university years in Ann Arbor. Sam also realized that he was out of his league in other ways. Although younger than Mr. Im, he was no where close to being as wise. Mr. Im had two grown children; Sam and Sherry had no children nor the experiences associated with being loving parents. Upon reflection, Sam was thinking that his strongest suit, and which was increasingly engulfing him, was his curiosity.

Ten minutes into the drive home, Sam’s mind was more calmly and narrowly focused. Rising to the surface was the note he himself had left on Mr. Im’s desk. (Although after his talk with Mr. Im, he had to admit that he now wasn’t sure Mr. Im was really in that bed in that room in that house!!) But, that detail didn’t disturb Sam right now.

What was not now an insignificant detail was the growing question about the phrasing and the nuances of the note itself. What was its meaning, really? What was its intended purpose? Was the note sent only to Mr. Im? Were other “employees of the agency” delivering the same note to other people the same night, with no one knowing about the others? Did the author, the Boss Operator, state the note in such a way that the reader/s would know its implied meaning based on knowing the character, the trajectory, the goals (both stated and implied), the track record up until now, all associated with the author’s value system?

If that were the case, it was not necessary to state the direct actions that should happen as a result of the note. Both the author and the recipient/s knew the game – “we communicate by implications, not declarations.” We use the grammar of the “double meaning.” Nothing can be proven in a courtroom in such a case. The person “behind” the note would be free of any legal consequences. Sam knew the words. But now, he wasn’t at all sure about the meaning or meanings, the implications, or the intended purpose of the words.

“Oh, if I had only asked Mr. Im about what I am pondering. But, I couldn’t then. It didn’t occur to me until now, when I was not so captured by being in Mr. Im’s presence. But, somehow I need to ask him. How? When? And, what other questions will also arise to ask him? . . . I wonder if any of this is happening also to Jac?


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