LITERATURE: Blindness – The IF Factor

Just posted an entry on Hypercompendia when the thought occurred to me that the storyworld of the mental institution and a bunch of blind people trying to find their way around within it was perfect for the Interactive Fiction mapping story mode.

While the Interactive part is not quite what the medium requires with reader input, the structuring of the narrative and the movement of its characters within their blind environment was exactly what IF demands. A quest: find bathroom, requires turns down hallways and memorizing the paths and what is experienced along the way.

There is something else that dawned on me in writing the post; how necessary is the vision of the doctor's wife to the story? If she could not see, would the narrator's hands be bound as well to blindness of the setting and other characters? How would that have played out?

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