Two entries from Iii’s e-diary.
4462853.S.E.C.: A new epidemic has swept Tyrr. This highly contagious disease is manifested by the outpouring of an infectious music in an unknown language; it is beyond the control of the people singing it. The music is a virus that is making people ill.
Crowds of people are flooding the hospital to be treated for this spreading illness. The patients are in an advanced stage of the bizarre flu; many of them believe that they are from a planet called “Earth.” One of them has concocted an entire history for this song (I recommend wearing a protective mask while listening to it.) She claims that it was written by someone called “Lord Byron.” Even more puzzling is her translation of the second stanza: “One shade the more, one ray the less,/Had half impair’d the nameless grace.” The idea of a subtle change in lighting having such a large impact seems so strange, but then again, so does this pandemic; the victims are dancing into insanity with these simple tunes.
Children have been infected, too. The translation of their song is, “When she got there, Thecupboard was bare.” I don’t know where Thecupboard is, but imagine coming to a city or planet to find it empty! While the children sing, women are panicking.
4462854.S.E.C.: Tonight I heard a strange tale from the day side of Tyrr. The music virus has struck again after a year. The man was delirious as he described the transformation of an entire town; the infection was so great that they even changed the name of the town to “Green Bluff, Illinois.”
The man is covered in itchy spots, which is a more advanced stage of the music virus than what we have seen before. He is currently in isolation, but I fear that it may already be too late; my skin begins to itch and I am humming an unfamiliar tune.
4.August 2030:Summer Night”She walks in beauty[…]”
5.Mazumder, Bhaswati.”She walks in beauty[musical version.]” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsJKcA5HCrY
6.Byron, Lord. “She walks in beauty” http://www.bartleby.com/106/173.html
7.August 2030:Summer Night”the children sang:’—and when she got there, the cupboard was bare'”
8.August 2030:Summer Night”in a thousand villas[…]women awoke, screaming.[…]’Something terrible will happen'”
9.April 2031:Third Expedition“This[…]is Green Bluff, Illinois”
10.June 2032:Moon Be Still as Bright“What killed them?”[…]“Chicken pox.”