This week, we studied Roland Barthes and his effect upon the structuralist theory in radical 1960s literature. I composed this small sampler to help me comprehend the ideas.
The Shambling Structuralist
Although the bridge was distended (bridge in this sense refers to an actual bridge and not the metaphorical bridge that exists between David & Denny: your characters for the evening). David (introduced a moment ago in brackets in a rather pre-emptory manner) pitter-pattered across its imperial shanks (his method of walking was somewhat effeminate, thus throwing his gender into confusion) regardless.
Now, several issues have arisen since the forming of the previous paragraph. Although the parts in brackets were supposed to act as subtle comments upon the structuralist method of meta-analysis, you are now already aware of the author’s attempt to throw the gender of David into confusion, which has somewhat spoiled the surprise reveal later on.
This being the case, we (that is, you the reader and I the author) might as well be complicit in the fact David is really a woman (despite him being described in the masculine earlier on. This was part of the surprise).
We will now continue the story in the knowledge David is a woman. David, as has been described earlier, had an effeminate gait (but we know the reason now, so there’s no need to dwell on that) as he crossed the non-metaphorical but actual bridge. She stopped to tie her shoelace (this is, of course, unlikely – most people would wait until they were off the bridge, but her being on the bridge is integral to the next surprise).
Another issue has arisen in the previous paragraph. I mistakenly revealed that the bridge is integral to the next surprise. Since this has been mentioned, this surprise is now no longer active. This being the case, I should reveal that Denny (introduced earlier) is in fact the bridge. This was going to be a clever twist at the end but is no longer possible.
Since both twists have been revealed, there isn’t much point continuing with this story. This being the case, I’ll stop there.