In Medias Res

When I was studying at Furman University to be an English teacher, I remember my teachers adding to my vocabulary the term, “in media res,” meaning in the middle of things. It was used to describe a writing that did not start at the beginning but somewhere in the middle with the author catching up the reader at some later time or through inference. That term came back to mind when I remembered my earliest days attending movies in our one downtown theater in Clinton, South Carolina. Movies were the main source of entertainment in those days, and admission was cheap, at least until you became an adult. My brother and I used to go three or four times a week as the features changed at least every couple of days. Nowadays, one checks the newspaper or Internet to determine what time they will attend a movie. Back then, we checked nothing. The times of the showing might have been posted outside the theater, but the time schedule was certainly not easily available. Therefore, we went to the movies whenever we wanted to, regardless of whether, when we got there, the feature had already started. We just stayed until we got back to the place in the film where we had come in. It didn’t seem to bother anyone whether we saw a movie from beginning to end. We were happy to begin “in medias res.” Times have certainly changed.

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About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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