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Dream From Sorgeto

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A call in the middle of the night. I struggle to rise out of unconsciousness. It is Vittoria, but I can’t quite understand what she is saying.
“Do you miss me?” she says.
“Did I wake you?”
“I’m sorry.”
“It’s all right.”
“So do you miss me?”
“I try not to,” I reply.
“But admit it. You miss me.”
I hear a rushing noise in the background. “Where are you calling from?”
“Sorgeto. The place where the boiling water comes out of the rocks on the shore. I told you about it, remember?”
“Yes. The fumerole.”
“I want to tell you about the dream I had while I was napping just a few minutes ago.”
“Oh, no. Not another dream.”
“Yes. It was verrrrry strange. Do you want to hear it”
“Did I die in it?”
“No! Don’t say that.”
“All right, then. Tell me.”
“I’m in a hospital, in a bright white room after surgery. A blonde woman named Veronica Lake comes into the room.”
“The movie actress?”
“I never heard of any actress by that name. Anyway, Veronica tells me: ‘You must continue The Tradition.’ And it makes me happy.”
“Veronica Lake was a movie actress in the 40s and 50s.”
“She was?”
“Yes. And she told you what?”
“That I must continue The Tradition.”
“Yes. So what do you think it means?”
“Don’t ask me. Only you can know what your dreams mean.”
“Come on. You’re the writer.”
“I’ll have to think about it for a while.”
“All right. Now tell me,” she says. “Do you…”



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A rare aside from the author:

OK, class, any interpretations of Vittoria's dream?




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May I try? Wasn't Veronica Lake in an old film about witchcraft? I remember the opening scene as an execution of a witch, maybe by burning, and then she's reborn in modern times (in the 40's I think). Something I saw many many years ago on TV. She was so beautiful.

Excellent! And thanks.

A couple Google clicks elicited this info:

I Married a Witch
USA. 1942.
Director - Rene Clair, Screenplay - Marie Connelly & Robert Pirosh, Based on the Novel The Passionate Witch by Thorne Smith (Completed by Norman Matson), Photography (b&w) - Ted Tetzlaff, Music - Roy Webb, Photographic Effects - Gordon Jennings, Art Direction - Hans Dreier & Ernst Fegte. Production Company - Masterpiece Productions.

Veronica Lake (Jennifer), Frederic March (T. Wallace Wooley Jr), Cecil Kellaway (Daniel), Robert Benchley (Dudley), Susan Heyward (Estelle Masterson)

This is the film that inspired the television series, Bewitched. The witch is played by sultry Veronica Lake who started a hairstyle craze where a swatch of hair would cover one eye. The film is light, funny entertainment.

Plot: In the 17th century, the witch Jennifer and her father are burnt at the stake by the statesman Wooley. Before she dies she places a curse on Wooley, that he and his ancestors will all be unhappy in marriage. In the 20th century their spirits emerge from an ash tree planted on the site of their burning. Jennifer becomes charmed with Wallace, the latest Wooley descendent, who is about to become unhappily married. And so she fashions herself a body and sets about inducing him to marry her.

Oh yes, that's the one. I remember enjoying it very much. Thanks for the info!

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