In the beginning, there was Okkonen, and it was Good. Because up until then there had been no record of base ball raiment. And so began the Period of Great Enlight’nment, and there was much rejoicing.
And then, after a number of epochs, Okkonen joined forces with the mighty Shieber of Cooperstowne, and thus the two of them begat Dress’t to the Nynes. And this too was Good, for now the Master’s Wisdomme was available to all, even those who did not have a printed copy of the Illuminated Manuscript.
But as Time went by, certain scholars dared to voice a near-Heresy: The Wisdomme, they said, was flaw’d. In some places it was Mistak’n; in many others it was Inkomplete. And the Master’s colourful engrayvings, which had long been celebrayt’d as powerful tools to convey the Wisdomme to future generations, began to be seen as Too Limit’d, for they showed no Posterior View, nor did they show Fyne Detail, among several other Problemmes. Worst of all, the Master had been so fatigued by the initial compiling of the Wisdomme that he could not continue with the task in subsequent seasonnes. And so there was Diskontente across the land. And this was Not Good.
And then there came Henderson.
Henderson did not claim to proffer the Master’s Wisdomme. Indeed, he did not provide Informations regarding millinery, or trousers, or the all-important stockings, or for any raiment prior to the much-despis’d Age of Synthetux. But he did provide significant Knowledge on the subject of blouses — their colours, their regalia, their strypes. And instead of engrayvings that simulat’d the raiment, he employed a Great Magick that stopp’d time and show’d how the raiment actually look’d, in all its great Scope and Varyetee. And this was Very Good.
Even better, Henderson added new Informations to his Knowledge every 26 moons. And these became known as the Great Updaytings, and the period between them became known as the Time of Much Anticipashonne, so eager were the people to learne about the blouses.
I have journey’d here to informe you, O my children, that the latest Time of Much Anticipashonne has now ended, and the Great Updayting is now upon us. And this is Very, Very Good.
Those benight’d souls who are Unf’miliar with Henderson may wish to study the teachings I present’d at the time of the last Updayting, and may also want to hie themselves to the Sample Informations that Henderson has gen’rously put forth. Those who are already acolytes would do well to proceed directly to the Marketplace.
At this pointe I must acknowledge that this latest Updayting includes a preamble that I myself penned at Henderson’s gracious request. And it was a request I felt privileg’d to grant, so high is my esteem for all things Hendersonian.
Indeed, Henderson’s gen’rosity of spirit knows no bounds, for he has announc’d the following Gifts to the People:
I) Great Fortune will shyne upon ten of our citizens this seasonne, for Henderson shall bestow upon them the latest Great Updayting without imposing any tariff or barter, which should be cause for Great Merriment throughout the land. All who wish to be el’gible for this speculation should dispatch a mess’nger to these coordinates by dusk on Tuesday next. I shall proclaim the ten winners on the morrow. (As is custom’ry, only one mess’nger per citizen, I prithee, except for those who have been induct’d into the Programme of Fellows, who may send up to four.)
II) For those who fail to win the speculation, fear not! For all citizens who read this broadsheet shall be able to secure a Discounte of five dollarres by employing the cryptograph “paulhatespurple” at the time of tariff. I confess that I am not certain of this term’s Meaning, but Henderson’s maneuv’rings are sometimes beyond my ken.
And with that, O my children, I leave you to commence the rejoicing. Remember not to spill mead on your keyboards.
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