Thank you, thank you, to the impulse that made me save the MS that I thought was hopeless more than two years ago. Since then I have labored diligently to bring a new, improved version to life, only to trip over it again and again as it lay near-lifeless in my path.
No, you can't revive manuscripts like this, either
Half an hour ago, I dug the old corpse out of the archive and yes, yes, yes. This is what was meant all along. Even as I zoomed through it on screen, just catching the gist, I could hear a sudden hard intake of breath somewhere nearby.
Ajax is alive after all.