#### His Red Right Hand / 2

About this dead-center: Four houses – farmsteads – each located at the center of a square whose sides are one mile long. Each of these four squares has a vertex coterminous with the dead-center.

The squares do not overlap one another.

The top-right vertex of the top-right farmstead is located at a point eleven and three miles (respectively) from the top and left sides of a larger square whose sides are thirty miles long.

The corresponding sides of the larger square are parallel to those of the four smaller squares.

A point half way along the top side of the larger square is coterminous with a point lying on the top side of a larger rectangle.

This point is 174.42 miles from the top-left vertex of this larger rectangle whose sides are 206 miles long (top-to-bottom) and 397.70 miles long (left-to-right) (save where a portion of the rectangle’s boundary to the top-right is delineated by the course of a river and is not easy to describe without the aid of a drawing).

The corresponding sides of the larger rectangle are parallel to those of the four smaller squares and larger square (save in the case of the river).

*To diagram is to punish.*

*Though inadequate to the task – part-priest, part-geodesist – the architect’s devilish red-right-hand performs its acts of ruthless circumscription with alacrity.*

*At night, new orders of chaos reveal themselves embedded in a phalanx of false necessities and the fabricants of queasy moral schemas – providing meter to the earth’s untrammeled matter – scrub themselves and their soiled vestments.*