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Background noise has grown in inten· sity; one woman keeps asking a child to do or get something and the audience is breaking into separate conversations. The performer probably repeatS the next clause to reestablish attention anttfind hts place in the tate] Tney arrivca at Ute in· laws mukwai. They went tbere to the in-laws. They said. wai_. they lived very nicety right there ... [The audience noise again grows loud] They just lived. They had a child. So mukwai. 32 They j ust lived well. hat village.
Is again the major catalyst of comparison, fonnalized here in this patterned model. An audience easily remembers and anticipates o~crly structures. well· proportioned form. ~ for this type of regularity in each performance. PlotS. formulaic elements. and structural models are repositories of potential form. They anchor a performance in time and memory by providing remembered characters and acts in symmetrical relationships. These stable clements interact with each other and with the details that a performer uses to give them a specific image in combinations of movemenLS in a narrath·e sequence.
Titat one gave the cow ubwa/i and he came and gave soft grass to the dog. He said, "No. tbat's not it. " "No, I don't know. " He went and gave ubwali to tbe cow; be took soft grass and gave it to the dog. He said, "Ala! " So there the monitor jwst descended the palm tree. He just came down. " He said, "Oh. me, I will just do it tbis way. Jost come closer. " Finally, the lizard started coming down while still arguing. " So, itlinaUy came down.. he cow, and he grabbed the monitor. " He went to the chief.