XI.V MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION, 10 OctobeR 1985

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As ORSON begins experiencing the heart attack from which HE will die in 1985, HIS mind becomes entirely untethered to space and time. HE imagines HIMSELF at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, reading Emma Lazarus’ great poem in 1938, but HE also sees HIMSELF as the infamous lawyer ROY COHN, lecturing protégé TYCOON in 1968, and to TYCOON typing tweets about HIMSELF in 2018. 

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: My two greatest assets Have been mental stability And being, like, really smart.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

ORSON #2 / 1968 ROY COHN: I don’t wanna know what the law is.

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: Being, like, really smart.

ORSON #2 / 1968 ROY COHN: I don’t care.

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: Really smart.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

ORSON #2 / 1968 ROY COHN: I don’t wanna know what the law is.

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: I went to the best college for college.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: The best college for college. My I.Q.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: My I.Q. 

ORSON #2 / 1968 ROY COHN: I don’t wanna know what the law is.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: My I.Q. is one of the highest.

ORSON #2 / 1968 ROY COHN: I wanna know who the judge is.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

ORSON #2 / 1968 ROY COHN: I wanna know who the judge is.

ORSON #3 / 2018 TYCOON: I wanna know who the judge is.

ORSON #1 / 1938 ORSON: Mother of Exiles.

WELLES dies.