Negative Space (a series)

An attempt to scan my entire apartment

Part 2:
Under the Kitchen Sink

That space under the kitchen sink is the lost world of the average household. It is a purgatory on earth, a netherworld where various caustic chemicals sit side by side with dust and the residues of countless cleansings of our little corner of the world. What better person to turn to, then, for a comment on this purgatorial cranny than Lady Macbeth. Ms. Macbeth has convinced her husband to kill the king, and now has second thoughts when she contemplates the enormity of the cleanup.

   Out, damned spot! Out, I say!  One: two: why, then 
   'tis time to do't. Hell is murky!  Fie, my lord, fie!  
   A soldier, and afeard?  What need we fear who knows it,
   when none can call our power to account?  Yet who would 
   have thought the old man to have to have had so much 
   blood in him.

Later, Lady Macbeth laments the inadequacy of household cleansers:

   Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes 
   of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

Lady Macbeth appears courtesy of William Shakespeare, "Macbeth", Act V, Scene 1.

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