Hello, my little cherubic jewels of the internet. It’s been a damned long while, and it’s high time that Maxim de Winter made his long-awaited return to the Tumblrverse. Keep your smelling salts on hand, ladies (and gents). I thought I’d get myself back into the swing of things with a little chat about the unseen guests at our favorite urban auberge.
The McKittrick Hotel, for all its artificiality in the face of some not-insignificant suspension of disbelief, is meant to represent a massive amount of space—a city, an asylum, a hotel, three residences, a forest and a graveyard. To contribute to the illusion that these spaces are “real” and “lived-in” requires a number of props that point to the existence of life outside of what we see in the show. Oftentimes this means implying the existence of other, unseen characters who do or once did occupy the space. The McKittrick would be a dead place indeed if we weren’t presented with hints that the twenty characters we see regularly interacted (at least during their ordinary, mortal lives) with other, perhaps less disturbed, folks about town.
So, here I will briefly list some of the off-stage characters of Sleep No More and will explain their significance to the show, such as there is any.
While Lennox does not appear as a corporeal character within the McKittrick Hotel, his presence within the town of Gallow Green is remarked upon in several documents found in Malcolm’s detective agency, including the following lines from Act II, Scene iii:
(i) One witness statement in which Lennox is quoted as saying:
"The night has been unruly. Where we lay, our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say, lamentings heard i’ the air; strange screams of death and prophesying with accents terrible of dire combustion and confused events new hatch’d to the woeful time. The obscure bird clamour’d the livelong night: some say, the earth was feverous and did shake.”