Tasida Fallaby

 Duration 3.12

Tasida Fallaby


Tasida: "My brother and I were born holding hands. My mother says so, his father denies it. I sometimes think I took the first small step out of the womb."

Tasida Fallaby is in fact two years and seven months older than her brother Standard. 

Tasida: "He deferred to me. This of course contradicts what might be read on our birth certificates. But then I have no patience with bureaucracies. It's water off a duck's back to them."

Apart from a certain thickening of the exterior muscles, the Violent Unknown Event has only modified Tasida's deep interior, leaving her exterior unmolested and encouraging her belief in Naturalism.

Tasida: "When I was fifteen, my hair was longer than his, but he was taller. It didn't matter. He got over it."

The Directory credits Tasida with one partially collapsed lung, a singing tinnitus, black and white vision, a doubling of the menstrual cycle, and, in contrast to her brother, a twisting of the intestine into tighter coils, so that Tasida suffers intense cramps and often has 'malodorous' breath. 'Malodorous' is a translation of the adjective that she used in the autobiography she presented to the VUE Commission to counteract the unimaginative statistics she was sure to find describing her in the VUE Directory. Tasida's autobiography runs to more than three hundred pages and is written in Curdine though the Directory has registered her as a speaker in Katan. At Tasida's insistence the autobiography was read aloud for the benefit of the Commission who obligingly recorded the whole, taking a greater part of a day to do so.

Tasida: "I married Messenger, after my great disappointment. I took to nursing like a duck takes to water. Messenger married me for it. But as time went on I realized that he was too interested in the clothing industry. He was even selling stockings to my friend Sanchia. I told him to stop making his business-interests break up our relationship."

Tasida has painstakingly learnt a mechanical Curdine so that she might talk to her brother. Since he only wanted to talk about birds, she has made sure that she at least pronounced ornithological terms with an exactness suggesting enthusiasm.

Tasida: "It is essential that my version of the facts be taken into account..."

Curdine, notorious for ambiguity, is certainly antipathetic to being spoken mechanically. Tasida therefore spoke it with some courage, if not rashness. Her halting delivery and blunt pronunciation contained layers of unconscious innuendo, and the ambiguous imagery had a hazardous relevance.

Tasida: "...since a mere list of Commission Statistics compiled by production assistants who don't know a ruff from a decorated neckband, it's bound to be unacceptable, and in this respect, Standard is bound to agree."


The VUE Commission's information card of Tasida Fallaby


The Falls Biographies

  1. Orchard Falla

  2. Constance Ortuist Fallaburr

  3. Melorder Fallaburr

  4. Appis (Arris) Fallabus

  5. Standard Fallaby

  6. Tasida Fallaby

  7. Lacer Fallacet

  8. Arris Fallacie

  9. Mashanter Fallack

  10. Squaline Fallaize

  11. Carlos Fallantly

  12. Musicus Fallantly

  13. Wrallis Fallanway

  14. Allia Fallanx

  15. Starling Fallanx

  16. Ipson & Pulat Fallari

  17. Stachia Fallari

  18. Aptesia Fallarme

  19. Corntopia Fallas

  20. Anteo Fallaspy

  21. Pandist Fallaspy

  22. Sashio Fallaspy

  23. Vyanine Fallaspy

  24. Casternarm Fallast

  25. Ardenaur Fallatter

  26. Agropio Fallaver

  27. Propine Fallax

  28. Cash Fallbaez

  29. Antopody Fallbatts

  30. Coppice Fallbatteo

  31. Agrendo Fallbazz

  32. Cisgatten Fallbazz

  33. Hasp Fallbazz

  34. Canopy Fallbenning

  35. Cole Fallbird

  36. Castel Fallboys

  37. Acataloope Fallbus

  38. Astraham Fallbute

  39. Loosely Fallbute

  40. Betheda Fallbutus

  41. Cathine Fallbutus

  42. Bwythan Fallbutus

  43. Menenome Fallbutus

  44. Olivine Fallbutus

  45. Vacete Fallbutus

  46. Astra Fallcas

  47. David Fallcash

  48. Bewick Fallcaster

  49. Catch-Hanger Fallcaster

  50. Clasper Fallcaster

  51. Felix Fallcaster

  52. Max Fallcaster

  53. Orion Fallcaster

  54. Throper Fallcaster

  55. Raskado Fallcastle

  56. Appropinquo Fallcatti

  57. Agrimany Fallchester

  58. Sitiarch Fallding

  59. Ostler Falleaver

  60. Edio Fallenby

  61. Shey Fallenby

  62. Affinado Falleur

  63. Erek Fallfree

  64. Thomax Fallfresh

  65. Zachia Fallgillot

  66. Joyan Fallicory

  67. Bird Gaspara Fallicutt

  68. Obsian Fallicutt

  69. Wrallis Fallinway

  70. Ashile Fallko

  71. Agostina Fallmutt

  72. Castan Fallockery

  73. Cottes Fallope

  74. Pollie Fallory

  75. Afracious Fallows

  76. Hearty Fallparco

  77. Sallis Pino Fallpinio

  78. Crasstranger Fallqueue

  79. Romanese Fallracce

  80. Ascrib Fallstaff

  81. Armeror Fallstag

  82. Combayne Fallstoward

  83. Geoffrey Fallthuis

  84. Merriem Falltrick

  85. Stephany Falltrix

  86. Tolley Falluger

  87. Vassian Falluger

  88. Erhaus Bewler Falluper

  89. Grastled Fallusson

  90. Castral Fallvernon

  91. Leasting Fallvo

  92. Anthior Fallwaste


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