After pondering for a while, I think I have settled on the babbling brook as my emblem for quickness. With a babbling brook, there is movement, always movement. The current is rushing forward and anything caught in the current will be rushed forward, as well. To try to fight it and go the other way, results in slow, if any, movement at all. Therefore, the babbling brook is somewhat like the E-lit piece. If you just follow the letters and let them take you forward, you will move with them. But if you stop to think too much about them, if you get caught up trying to analyze them, you will get stuck. Quickness is about letting go and allowing yourself to get hypnotized by a beat, by a rhythm. Like Dorothy gets carried forward by the current of the yellow brick road, and we get carried away by the letters in the E-lit piece, life is about motion – about trusting the motion and letting it move us somewhere. However, it is also about change – allowing ourselves to change our thoughts. Life is quick, so we must be quick with it.
An analogy of quickness can be found in The Wizard of Oz, the book and the movie. Here we are presented with a journey – of this idea that Dorothy is moving somewhere, namely on the yellow brick road. However, she is not standing still. The book is paced rather quickly, and each chapter seems like another episode, helping with the speed and adding a sort of rhythm to the narrative. The idea of quickness is also illustrated in how quick it is for an image or façade to burst. When Dorothy and her companions find out that The Wizard is nothing but an old humbug, and that Oz is not really green, they quickly change their perspective. Therefore, there is the idea of physical quickness – moving throughout Oz towards the Emerald City, and ultimately towards “home.” However, there is also the idea that thought moves fast – Dorothy and her companions must change the way in which they think. They must realize that what they lack is obtainable and that sometimes things aren’t what they seem. When Dorothy finally returns home, the reader is left with the feeling that while much happened in Oz, the journey, itself was fast-paced and quick.
Like in the E-lit, where you can’t get too caught up in trying to keep up with the letters, in The Wizard of Oz, you can’t get too caught up in the facade. You must move quickly through the Emerald City to escape its “greenness,” much like you must move quickly through the E-lit in order to keep up with the story.