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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Frangipani House is basically a portrait of Mama King, a patient in a Caribbean nursing home. She reveals much of her past in her reveries as she watches out her window from her hospital room. "Matron think I do nothing ... but thinking is hard work .... And everybody think my mind empty, my head empty, and my heart empty. I see people, dead and gone, walking and talking and young. And out of my old worn out body, a young woman walk out and life is like roll of new cloth waiting to roll out." She interacts intermittently with the Matron and the other patients in Frangipani House. She talks with her old friend Ginchi and an old admirer who comes to visit. Her worst problem is inactivity. Always active and effective before, she misses her work.
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