Key & Compass presents:
Ugly Chapter
by Sam Kabo Ashwell

Ugly Chapter is a TADS 2 interactive fiction story and is © 2003 by Sam Kabo Ashwell. It was a participant in the Speed-IF Jacket 2 event.

In this short story, you play as Leti, a rich woman and a patron of the arts, who travels from Hawaii to Mars, as told by an angry and bitter male poet who knew her. What you did in the most ugly chapter of your life cannot be changed, but it can now be relived yet again by everyone thanks to this seventeenth edition.

This solution is by David Welbourn.


enter ship x mars (auto) HawaiianSpaceport Bridge Approach-ing MartianOrbit RepbasHouse


Hawaiian Spaceport

An unsettling story, told in an emotion-packed and provocative narrative voice. What exactly the story is about, alas, is kept obscure via numerous references to events and things we know nothing about. And then, the story concludes abruptly with what appears to be an intentional crash of the TADS interpreter. Highly unusual.

> x me. i. x letter. read letter. g. x ship.

> enter ship. drop letter. take letter. enter ship.


> x Lotak. ask Lotak about ship. z.

Approaching Martian Orbit

> x Mars.

Repbas House

> x me. x podium. x Juten. x Langside. out.




I had a difficult time figuring out who was who in this story since a lot of the story avoids directly spelling anything out. But here's how I've untangled it:

Significant mentions:


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