In our class discussions, Professor Raley mentioned that the opening and closing characters that surround the Narcons’ speech are Braille. The first character means “the” and the other may be either “n” or “not.” Discarding the option of “not” for a second, I realized that if you were to say “the n” out loud, it would sound much like the words “the end.” Danielewski has explored the use of phonetically spelled words in the jingjing chapters, so I wonder, did he mean to surround the Narcons’ speech with the words “The end?”
Because the Narcons know more than we know about the characters or the individual plots, we can assume that they may know what the end of these stories will bring and when that will come. Narcon9 says,
“There is not space in the universe to tell the universe to the universe. Therein lies the peculiar beauty and the sadness of stories: to tell it all without all at all.”
The Narcon may be saying that stories should not tell everything, but be told entirely for the purpose of the act of telling them. That may be why at the end of the novel, we feel as though a bit dissatisfied and feel the need to continue. “The end” is not even close to the end, because this is merely Volume I, but the Narcons have been to it and speak to us with experience, leading us to it.