A Portal Link. Notice that none of the previous links work backwards. They don’t return the link. They could, perhaps, but that’s not the order I’ve chosen to arrange them in going the other way, because the linking relationship of the lover character’s narration to the fiance is altogether different. But some links will work both ways and in doing so can create very interesting effects. Essentially the portal link refers to a link that acts as a gateway between two nodes of a hypertext. On one end the link that goes to a page, comes right back. Among other things, it creates a very strong connection between the two nodes. While they may share a temporality like the temporal link, the fact that the receptacle link reciprocates, can make such nodes a kind of epicenter, a beginning, an end, or some otherwise important place in the story.

In this case, the fiance hears Did you ever ride ponies?

Read the example below, then click the Portal Link (for the purposes of this essay all other links have been removed from the text).

When clicking on it, the reader arrives at the following scene in the lover text: Do you ever write rhyming poetry? The linked result, links right back. The reader can understand that one of the characters misunderstood the other, without the characters/narrators knowing it.  The link in this case facilitates the humor (I hope) in the situation, and of course the futility of the fiance’s efforts at studying their interaction as remediated through him and his recording equipment.

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