Damnatio Memoriae — 16 of 34

Emily Short

Release 6

Book 2 - Written Evidence, and the Crossing Thereof

A thing can be bare or inscribed. A thing is usually bare.

A book is a kind of thing. Before printing the name of a book, say "[italic type]". After printing the name of a book, say "[roman type]". A book is always flammable. The shattering description of a book is "tears into hundreds of shreds, the link disintegrating at the same time". Understand "book" as a book.

A paper is a kind of thing. A paper is always flammable. A paper is always fragile.

Reference relates various things to various people.

The verb to mention (he mentions, they mention, he mentioned, it is mentioned, it is mentioning) implies the reference relation.

After reverse linking an inscribed thing to an inscribed thing:

if the noun mentions someone and the second noun is damning:

now the second noun does not incriminate anyone;

now the second noun incriminates all the people who are mentioned by the noun;

if the second noun mentions someone and the noun is damning:

now the noun does not incriminate anyone;

now the noun incriminates all the people who are mentioned by the second noun;

if the noun incriminates someone:

say "[The noun] now incriminates [the list of people incriminated by the noun], ";

otherwise:

say "[The noun] innocently mentions [the list of people mentioned by the second noun], ";

if the second noun incriminates someone:

say "and [the second noun] incriminates [the list of people incriminated by the second noun].";

otherwise:

say "and [the second noun] mentions [the list of people mentioned by the noun].".