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The Annotated Sandman

Edited by Ralf Hildebrandt and largely written by Greg Morrow

Issue 7: "Sound and Fury"

Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III

Seventh part of first storyline, More than Rubies

Seventh story reprinted in Preludes and Nocturnes

Title: "Sound and Fury" is probably a reference to a line from Macbeth. Since I have it online, here's a more complete excerpt:

She should have died hereafter, there would have been time for such
a word. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace
from day to day to the syllable of recorded time; and all our yesterdays
are lighted fools....the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle.
Life is but a walking shadow...a poor player who struts and frets his
hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an
idiot, full of sound and fury.....signifying --- nothing.

-- Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5

This story had been teased in the previous issue as having the title "WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD..." which is the name of a song Elvis Costello wrote for his debut album, "My Aim is True". The first verse, here liberally typeset to convey Elvis' rather brutal intonation, shares much of the story's tone, especially perhaps the "murder in the dark" sequence.

The man from the television crawled into the train: I wonder who he's gonna stick it in this time -

now, everyone was looking for a little entertainment, so they probably put his hands up when they

found out his name, and then they SHUT DOWN THE POWER ALL ALONG THE LINE, and we got Stuck in the tunnel where NO LIGHT SHINES, they got to TOUCHING ALL THE GIRLS who were TOO SCARED to call out, Nobody Was Saying Any Thing At All and we were WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, DEAR LORD! - I SINCERELY hope you're coming 'cause ya . . . really started something!

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