Counterfeit Monkey — 121 of 292

Emily Short

Release 5

Section 8 - Docks

The Docks are north of the Fish Market. "Here are some dozens of [boats] tied up: some of them are small to medium-sized fishing craft, some tourist boats for trips around the island, some merely ferries to the deeper harbor where the cruise ships anchor."

The boats are scenery in the Docks. Understand "craft" or "fishing craft" or "tourist" or "ferries" as the boats. The description is "I know nothing about boats. You, on the other hand, appear to have an unnerving awareness of which of these craft are here on legal business and which are engaged in some form of smuggling or refugee-assistance."

[Why I had to call them boats as their primary name I don't know. It certainly requires a lot of specialized error-messaging...]

Check waving the letter-remover at the boats when the current setting of the letter-remover is "b":

say "Turning all the harb[our] water to cold oatmeal would be an exploit to rival the Boston Tea Party, but the letter-remover is not powerful enough to accomplish it." instead.

Check waving the letter-remover at the boats when the current setting of the letter-remover is "o":

say "It would be kind of amazing to turn the whole selection of boats into bats and watch them fly away. But there would be dozens of fatalities and massive amounts of property damage, so possibly it's just as well that the letter-remover is not powerful enough for the task." instead.

Check waving the letter-remover at the boats when the current setting of the letter-remover is "a":

say "Creating an army of tiny robots out of the boats would be inspiring for a very brief period until they sank into the waves and short-circuited. The letter-remover isn't strong enough anyway." instead.

Check waving the letter-remover at the boats when the current setting of the letter-remover is "t":

say "What a sight that would be: a whole cabaret-worth of feather boas floating on the waves. On the other hand, it would also be very dangerous to any people in the boats at the time. So probably just as well that the letter-remover lacks the power." instead.

Check waving the letter-remover at the boats when the current setting of the letter-remover is "s":

say "Deplural[izing] all the boats would be a fascinating re-enactment of historical events, except that the boats are full of harmless tourists and the letter-remover doesn't have nearly the power required to achieve that goal."

The customs-exterior is a facade in Docks. It fronts east. "To the east, up a moderate rise from the sea-level docks, is the imposing exterior of the Customs House. The classical look is only a little undermined by the public-service posters along the front." The introduction is "There passports are inspected and cargo passed under authentication, foreign items renamed or confiscated, and suspected smugglers interrogated."

The description is "The building itself is not especially grand, but you have never been on the good side of the people who work there, and that gives you a perfectly justifiable dislike of the place, and the sense that it's larger than life."

Understand "exterior" or "customs" or "house" as the customs-exterior. The printed name is "customs house".

Some public-service posters are part of the customs-exterior. The description is "The nearest one shows a kitten drawn in a sinuous Parisian style. 'BOUGHT YOUR PET ABROAD?' demands the poster. 'Consider linguistic realignment therapy!'

Smaller type goes on to explain that even if you have had your dangerous [i]chat[/i] converted to a harmless cat at the border, there is a risk that without proper treatment it will have a litter of foreign-language offspring." Understand "poster" or "public" or "service" as the posters.

Rule for listing exits when looking in Docks:

do nothing instead.

The counterfeit-monkey-exterior is a facade in the Docks. Understand "counterfeit" or "monkey" as the counterfeit-monkey-exterior. The printed name is "pub". It fronts west. "Immediately west, [if Counterfeit Monkey is unvisited and the garish sign is part of the counterfeit-monkey-exterior]a [garish sign] advertises a pub called the Counterfeit Monkey[otherwise if the garish sign is part of the counterfeit-monkey-exterior]the Counterfeit Monkey's [garish sign] sways in the wind[otherwise]the Counterfeit Monkey looks atypically bare with its sign missing[end if]." Understand "pub" or "bar" as the counterfeit-monkey-exterior. The description is "The place looks [--] and is [--] wholly disreputable."

The garish sign is part of counterfeit-monkey-exterior. It is a sign. The description is "In the picture, a villainous man threatens a cage full of tiny primates with a primitive Victorian letter-remover. In the background is an enormous bag of cash."

The printed name of the garish sign is "sign".

Check waving the letter-remover at garish sign when the current setting of the letter-remover is "k":

say "We try to K-remove the monkey on the sign, but at this distance and in this wind, it's a difficult bit of targeting, and we fail." instead.

Check waving the letter-remover at the counterfeit-monkey-exterior when the current setting of the letter-remover is "k":

say "Turning the entire pub into a heap of fake bills would be spectacular, but would not really advance our cause." instead.