Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 Bridges: A Fiction Folio |

The Snuff Box of Mr. ——

If you read almost any pre-modern novel, you’ll often find character names, places, and profanity replaced by ellipses, em dashes, and underscores (e.g., “Mr. H…,” “the K—— bridge,” “d___n it!”). Below, I have gathered such redacted moments from thirty-seven novels (such as Mansfield Park, Les Misérables, and Moby-Dick) and collaged them into a single story, a literary supercut containing no words of my own. In the second week of October, 18—, in the country near D——, something strange had happened.  Seven months previous, a warm whim, a wanton toy had just taken me, and I had spent a whole summer and autumn in travelling: coming from Knightbr——, sir, I set off for ————, going to ——’s in the —— Isles, where Martha G— resided in the favourite center of sense (in a certain little church not far from ——— Street). My aunt was there (her Catalonian father was a merchant residing in the —— Isles) and my four lover

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Tom Comitta is the author of The Nature Book (forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2023), 〇 (Ugly Duckling Presse), Airport Novella (Troll Thread), and First Thought Worst Thought: Collected Books 2011–2014 (Gauss PDF), a print and digital archive of forty “night novels,” art books, and poetry collections. Their fiction and essays have appeared in WIRED, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, BOMB, and BAX 2020: Best American Experimental Writing. Comitta lives in Brooklyn.

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