Voyagers!: Chapter 7-The Glider
The scene between our boys fixing the glider and preparing it to fly takes all of five pages. My eyes hurt! I'm starting to grasp at straws here...but the first sentence from the get-go already makes me wonder.
'Three nights later, they sat in the back of the cycle shop.'
Three nights? Even the show, bless it's heart, never tells us exactly where or how long, Bogg and Jeff stay in Dayton. I always assumed it was overnight, right inside the shop. Did you ever notice how some of these little mom and pop stores have the 'back room,' where the owner sneaks off to put his feet up to nap or read (these days, watch tv) until the next customer? See, you've always wondered why these stores have little bells, and now I just told you!
Since the Wright's were inventors, and apparently built their gliders and wings inside the bicycle shop, they would most likely have that room with a cot to sleep on and rest their weary, brilliant minds. I think that after the Wrights furiously stormed out of the Cycle shop...they never returned, leaving Bogg and Jeffrey free to roam around. Good thing the Voyagers weren't criminals or worse for the Wright's...rival inventors of a flying machine!
I'm inclined to believe that Bogg and Jeff squared a deal with Wilbur and Orville, probably letting them know that they only needed temporary employment...giving Bogg the opportunity to do what he says here,
"I just don't know what they see in her." Jeff said. "I mean, she's the cause of all their trouble."
Oh Jeffy, you are so wise beyond your years, I can't stand it! Bogg, however, says something very revealing. "Oh, don't blame Agnes." Bogg said, stepping back to admire his work. "I had a long talk with her last night. The trouble really isn't her fault."
Anyway, this statement either opens up a can of worms, (Remember, Bogg just met this kid, he still has his old, tried and true methods of Voyaging! Don't forget that 'reputation' he bragged about on the beach!)
OR- it sheds light on why Agnes-who knew Phineas for less than three minutes in the show-winds up completely smitten later and so readily accepts the note she receives as an authentic sign of his 'soaring love.' She surely is in love with romance...though I have to admit-at first, I'd be immediately head over heels if it were Bogg who sent that to me...then my logic would take over and I'd have to grill him afterward. Being the self-conscious, cautious woman I am...I'd have to know why he's pulling this practical joke on me!
So, basically the chapter goes on-exactly like the show. I know it seems I'm just being lazy here, but I'm serious! The Wrights and Agnes get their respective notes from budding forger, Jeffrey...and (I have to imagine this!) While he goes off to sleep (somewhere! We still don't know where they bunked for 3 nights!) Bogg furtively runs around Dayton putting love notes in mailboxes.
Hey, Mr. Postman...I'd like one of those! That would have been so cute!
I always loved the quiet little scene on Big Rock Creek...just watching Bogg and Jeff standing utterly still (Well, with a little hat wringing) and gazing at the 400ft drop off the cliff. That's the height according to Claro-it's the little details that count! For some reason, it never fails to crack me up when Jeffrey says, "You think it will fly?" and Bogg slightly looks his way with this drawn out gaze...Jon just does it perfectly, as if contemplating..'Why'd you have to say that, kid? To glide...or not to glide?'
"As long as there isn't a crosswind."
Well, we all know the answer to that one!
I had a quick theory on the glider-Remember that Orville totaled it in the shop...and later we see Phineas fixing it back to great working condition. (Now we know he's quite the handyman!) Could it be possible that Phineas' intervention helped saved their lives...what if there was something faulty with the original glider? What do you think?
I remember in the Titanic episode, Jeffrey kept ranting and raving about the ship going to sink...and then you see a quick scene with the Captain telling his assistant to put extra sea men on watch. This was a direct result of Jeffrey's crying out. If that guard was not up to top to say, 'Ice dead ahead!' EVERYBODY on board could have died from a head on collision! I know it's just my theories, but it's something to chew on.
On a final note...It always amazes me how calm and still the air is, and after we see the confrontation below with Agnes and the Wrights, we suddenly cut back and it's Hurricane season! If Jeffrey wasn't holding so tightly to that glider, he'd probably be blown straight off the cliff! Wind is funny that way...isn't it?
And lastly, you'll be happy to know that Bogg's 'Bite the bullet' catchphrase is intact...though this isn't quite a catchphrase, he only said it once, just as he only called Jeffrey the 'History book in pants' once. I suppose us fans just have to pretend Bogg's words are as common as-
"Aaay" (Fonzie, "Happy Days") "Baby, you're the greatest" (Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, "The Honeymooners") "De plane! De plane!" (Tattoo, "Fantasy Island") and "Hey hey HEEY!" (Fat Albert, "Fat Albert") Among thousands of others!
It's time for another 'Oops! My Bad!' moment-One of my faithful readers kindly reminded me, Bogg does have a catchphrase!-Can you guess what it is?
I actually think Jeffrey's whiny 'Aww, Bogg!' is more of a catchphrase than anything too! You can read our comments below for more details. heehee.
Good night! Be safe and be sober ...so you can wake up to a new decade refreshed and ready to...bite the bullet!