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“Patchwork Girl” was infinitely more interesting when considering T.H. Nelson’s proposed file structure, for the hypertext acts as almost a perfect example of an “E.L.F.” As a reader makes her way through the narrative, “the disappearance and up-ending of categories and subjects may be erratic, [but] it never stops” as it “operates, as it were, on lists that hook together sideways.” Nelson’s primary argument that an Evolutionary Filing System should be adaptable to personal preference is almost perfectly represented in Shelley Jackson’s text as a reader embarks on her own personal quest, in a unique sequence with unique linkages, to piece together Frankenstein’s monster from Mary Shelley’s classic work.

However, on closer inspection, I find that the hypertext may fall short of perfect chimeric structure, namely because even after a reader has explored all the categories from “Graveyard” to “Journal,” there is only one overarching narrative that takes shape, as the reader encounters the same repetitive story of “resurrections” and “a patchwork of body parts” again and again from different perspectives in different words. Coincidentally, there seem to be few possibilities in the face of so many possibilities, an interesting thought to consider in a discussion of modern day uses of supposedly anonymous “cyberspace.” I find that “Patchwork Girl” failed Nelson’s test of structure since it does not seem to “evolve” to “accept new categorization systems,” a fact that is blatantly apparent when exploring the 20-year-old hypertext today. Perhaps it has lost some of its chimeric quality over time. Eliminating the hurtle of an antique Mac operating system and transposing the work for modern technology, would the hypertext still seem as dated?