WHEREIN THE HUNTER
IS REVEALED AS THE HUNTED
The Muses help Laura to her feet, wrap her in a doeskin and send her merrily on her way, alone, along the narrow wooded path back toward the cottage. And Morgen, from his hiding place on the hillside, half-mad with lust, rises to stalk her! He knows nothing of her mysteries and cares less. His single-minded pursuit has only one objective, to possess her, if not by favor, then by force!
Joseph Cambell pointed out, in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, that ordinary people are more than content to stay within the rules and limitations that define their societies. But the hero must cross those boundaries to enter the region of the mysteries. According to Campbell, "...Plutarch numbers the ecstasies of the orgiastic rites of Pan along with the ecstasy of Cybele, the frenzy of Dionysus, the poetic frenzy inspired by the Muses...and, fiercest of all, the frenzy of love, as illustrations of that divine 'enthusiasm' that overturns reason and releases the forces of the destructive-creative dark."
The symbolism of this crossing of the first threshold, this first step in Morgen's "inititation" to the mysteries of Morningstone, is not really very complex, but it requires a complete reversal of ordinary understanding, which is as it should be, for here, we enter the realm of the mysteries. Laura, Morgen's supernatural guide, deliberately seeks to break down his inhibitions and reconnect him with his primitive nature. To do so, she exploits her own "natural" gifts and, of course, she succeeds. As "Peeping Tom" suggests, Morgen has turned outlaw. His pursuit of her takes him beyond the pale, deepening the rift between him and the contemporary society that shaped him.
But there's more than that in "Peeping Tom." The goddesses sing the refrain! The secret hidden in the hunt is that Laura is the huntress, Morgen, her prey, and she has him snared. Small wonder the goddesses celebrate. The song (and the accompanying visuals in the screenplay) go a long way to making the action clear, but will a reader get it? Time will tell. Mysteries speak to the unconscious, but that doesn't necessarily mean their language will be understood.
Travis Edward Pike
28 January 2019, Otherworld Cottage