How, then, to tell a story?

I ask Rémi this, and a good fifteen minutes pass before he says anything.

Step off, he says, more a question than an answer. Tie the noose 'round your neck, and smile brightly when the rope against your larynx silences you wholly.

But that can't be right, now can it?

Let us find the original etchings of The Manual of Letters, I say, and follow it instead, literatim, to produce a work of genius under its logical, secular graphemes.