Had a dynamite discussion with Daniel yesterday afternoon about the reading two weeks ago. From The Count on, we are clear. Even if people are not intimately familiar with the books in question, the stakes are clear - why these things are happening, and why they are happening now.
But The Giaour is our entrance to this world, and it must be crystal clear. Daniel quote Granville-Barker, a quotation I have been searching for in its detail but it goes something like this, "Characters we don't know speaking at length about people we haven't yet met."
A Narrator says listen to me, this is important.
A man from a different time than our own begins to write in a book, and reads as he goes. His vocabulary is quite thick, he uses unfamiliar words, lots of them, addressing his sister, now speaking of a Lord - unusual names, hard to catch - and an impending journey.
Then another man enters, played by the Narrator, is that the Narrator or someone new? And is he a vampire, this is a vampire play, right? They are talking about "ruins" what does that mean?
And in this scene here, what does the younger man want from the older - and more importantly, what does the older man want from the younger man? That is a tricky one, he is supposed to be mysterious ... but as is the case with Edward Cullen, mysterious often means 1. not saying anything or 2. saying a lot of cryptic sh*t ... but not saying anything.
From the introduction of Xanthe on, Daniel feels it makes sense. Prior to that we must know precisely what is happening or we will lose people. Think of Rockynol. Think of Admiral King. Remember your audience.