The word Corpus can be viewed in two ways. Corpus in anatomy terms defines itself within the concept of the body or the whole anatomical structure. It is often referred to in connotation of a dead body or corpse. An alternate definition is that which describes a body or collection of writings or works of a topic. Part of the goal for The True Lodge is to help dig a little deeper and create a Corpus to Lodge 49.
Chapter 3 of our story open with Dud taking his sacred oath is his own unique way and becoming part of the order. His journey of belonging has begun. Along with his oath, a new chapter of fulfillment opens with a temp job at Orbis, and his introduction of Gloria Keller. Another lonely soul, the hated head of HR at Orbis, whose job at this point is working through termination and severance packages of the beleaguered employees who remain. This “angel of death” longs to share her time and space with anyone, even it is as simple as a checking pool or not working on a Saturday alone.
Liz’s journey has become a muddled state of running in place. A treadmill she cannot seem get off or even escape. Even in her dreams, she dreams of work. In an attempt to break from the rut she seeks, as her friend say, “different colors” for her stressed out mind. And nothing helps to add color like a nice good buzz. Consciously or unconsciously in her buzzed state, she meanders into her parish and is brought back to her reality by the monsignor, who wants her to do the memorial service. The importance of closer for her, Dud, and their friends is a step that she doesn’t feel ready to take. Yet, when she discovers her brother has again gotten into debt, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Everyone has the own reasons for closure, and Liz proceeds on her journey while in turn forcing her brother to deal with his own residual issues.
In this episode, we find Ernie, the diligent prospector, ever seeking out the captain. In working his local contacts, he finally gets the details on what could be his big break. In a great scene straight out of a 1980’s John Landis Comedy, Ernie is the wrong man at the right time thrust into a board meeting about the very development being worked on, with the Captain himself on the phone. Fast pitching his heart out and tossing his card on the table, even as he is removed from the meeting. As he passes the real geologist who was running late for the meeting he crashed, the look that passes between the two men, speaks to what plagues his mind. As he stands in the lobby, he watches as the elevator and the opportunity he so desperately wants close before him.
At this crossroads, our travelers converge, at of all places a church. There with a captive audience, Dud has his revelation. Arriving fashionably late, he takes to the pulpit and begins a eulogy for his dad. He speaks of the last perfect day he had with his dad. As is so often with an unexpected loss, he never realized the perfection of it until it was gone. When struggling with loss, saying goodbye is the hardest word to say, especially when the person we long to speak to is gone. Yet, from that loss, Dud begins to share his revelation. That how in his search for truth he found his solace in the Lodge and the teachings within it. How in it, he found he doesn’t have to say goodbye. Ahh, true believers, they were burned at the stake in the past, and are maligned to the fringes in the present.
So what is the purpose of the lodge? Ernie tries to explain his perspective on it to Dud. That the secret of the lodge is not secret worlds or mysteries. The magic of the lodge is the community. A place where people can share the good times and bad times together. Because together is always better than being alone. Yet, the lodge has still more to reveal, with Dud crashing into it, literally. And we close with a hole, a secret room, and a corpus.
Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” A lesson to be learned, and a warning to be heeded. To our travelers and our own journeys may we look past the closing doors, and look for worlds to be revealed.