(Eliane Radigue and Pauline Oliveros are playing cribbage on Bill Reid’s jade canoe in the Grotta Azzurra below Capri)
ER: You bet.
PO: You sure?
ER(nodding): Uebeschi. Six makes thirty-one for two. Bop, boop
PO: Shit, eight.
ER: Bam! Fifteen for another two! Do I smell a skunk in its infancy?
PO: Well earned, well earned. Twenty five.
ER: And six makes thirty-one again! And just wait until you see the crib I left myself. Depending on what you threw in, this might be it. I don’t think you’re going to peg up to the line but you do count first, so maybe I’m overselling my triumph.
PO: Nah, my hand’s got fuck all but a pair o’ queens.
ER: There it is then.
PO: This one in the bag?
ER: Let me see…Tucked in with a kiss: fifteen two, fifteen four, a run for three makes seven, plus a pair off the jack you threw away for nine.
PO: Well played, well played. A skunk here I float.
(Flourish of blue light effects)
Outside, on a loop, Hildegard von Bingen asks of an infinite succession of turtles issuing from the mouth of the grotto, “Do the cards add up?”, to which each turtle in turn replies anew, “Uebeschi.” At this it is dealt an indignant blow on the shell by Hildegard, cracking it to pieces and replying, “ME? Bitchy?! Then a bitch I’ll be!!!” Nearby, Northrop Frye and his mistress Santa Rosalia pose for selfies and post a clip of Hildegard bashing the turtle on Tiktok set to the line “Everything is all reused” from Deja Vu, which goes viral and causes a scandal when it inadvertently arouses media speculation on his infidelity.