“Oh, what a tangled web we weave / When first we practise to deceive!”
—Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, 1808
The intricacies of deception begin as secrets, often innocently held captive for self-protection, but eventually they entangle all those who don’t know their origin.
It’s a subject I’m exploring in my work in progress, A Habit of Hiding, a realistic fiction novel where the main characters are hiding something or hiding from someone, even from themselves, in an intricate dance that has unintended consequences—as secret-keeping often does.
In the process, the characters entangle and endanger one another, with results that range from tragedy that cannot be undone to challenges that must be surmounted. And in the process, everyone, including the author, grows and changes.
Even the wolf spider weaves its web with secretive intent, yet deviates from human nature with its single-minded purpose: entanglement. What else can you conclude from its intricate, nearly invisible, pattern? ♣
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