The Space Under the Window is not what you're expecting.

Verbs such as "take", "drop", "open", and "examine" are not relevant in this work. They will not be understood. Instead, your part is to type the names of objects (or attributes or aspects of objects) that you see in the narrative. When you refer to an object, it will be brought into greater prominence, changing the course of the narrative thread. Or it might be reduced to lesser stature, or removed entirely. You'll have to experiment. Typing the same name second time may cancel the effect of the first time, or the effect may be cumulative. The order in which you type names may or may not be important.

As a concession to habit, "look" (or "l") will redisplay the current text, although it isn't really causing you to look around in the usual sense.

The standard game-control commands do work as you'd expect:

The Space Under the Window is copyright 1997 by Andrew Plotkin. It may be copied, distributed, and played freely.

This work was created as part of an artistic endeavor invented by Kristin Looney. Around March 1997, she invited a bunch of people to do independent creative works -- any medium, any form, but all with the title The Space Under the Window. Around the same time, I had been turning over some ideas about non-traditional IF. Okay, I thought, let's do both. This is the result.

More entries can be found at the project page: The Space Under the Window.

This work (despite its quirks) was created using the Inform adventure development system, which was created by Graham Nelson.

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