A lifetime ago (or it feels like), I was reading a new play by a woman in a playwriting class in Iowa City, Iowa. We had been instructed to not put inflections or directions in dialogue for the assignment; to create space where the actors could do their work and practice their craft; to trust the process. And she had the most amazing spacing of dialogue. I’ll make up the words here — I’m pointing to punctuation.
Miranda, you know I love you.
At least, I know I did, once.
That ellipsis, that nothing, says everything! I love pauses, though I rarely use them in speech or action. Sometimes, it’s what’s not said that speaks more than what is.
As we continue on in the Godfollower Part Two, this week, we drop in on Michal. Michal is the daughter of Saul, and one of the wives of David. In the narrative last week, she was “returned” (no), “delivered” (yuck), “reclaimed” (even worse)… She was brought back to David after she had already settled and married another man. She was to be queen—but was she also part of a power play to offer legitimacy to David’s reign? And what does it mean for a person, especially a marginalized person, to be denied agency and used as a prop? She doesn’t say much, but the text offers a bevvy of ellipses and pauses, if we know where to look.
But that’s just part of what we’re getting into on Sunday. If you want to read ahead, check out Chapters 5 and 6 of 2 Samuel. It’s in your Bibles, I promise. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.