The Sofa

on the sofa 1

on the sofa 1

The Sofa is the physical world where the physical Mr Dog and Rabbit hang out with their friends and relations and associated trains, cars, houses, floating chairs etc. Most of what happens is fairly mundane, including floating. The Sofa is in fact the diegesis of a meta or framing narrative in which smaller narratives are acted out. Mr Dog and Rabbit have a parallel existence in ‘story’ narratives, where they have a house in the suburbs and a group of friends, most of whom live near the Natural History Museum. This parallel world is further paralleled in Hairyland.

Mr Dog and Rabbit are often to be found in Hairyland. They are among a very select group of Terrans who are allowed there.

Mr Dog and Rabbit. Rabbit: ‘Hey! that’s not my good profile!’

edited 25 December, 2015 by Admin

Associated Terms

Rather than the process of story-telling (cf. Diegesis), the term ‘The diegesis’, i.e. diégèse, is understood, here, as the world of the story in its entirety, including unseen or unknown things, including beliefs and feelings of the characters and the past and future.

It is different from mis en scene, i.e. the arrangement of the scenery, props, etc. on the stage of a theatrical production or on the set of a film.

It bears a complex relation with ‘storyworld’, and may or may not be identical to it.

edited 4 September, 2018 by Admin

Associated Terms in context

Meta Narrative

in Narrative environment design

A framing narrative that refers to the narratives it encloses and with which it frequently shares diegetic elements: they share (at least partially) the same storyworld, maybe telling about different parts or aspects of it.

The enclosing can (often will) be physical/spatial as well as narrative.

Stuart Jones

edited 4 September, 2018 by Admin

The Sofa

in The Sofa

edited 1 January, 1970 by


in Narrative environment design

The ‘placeness’ of ‘The Sofa’ derives from Louis having consecrated it as the arena of action for Mr Dog and Rabbit. As such it is a ‘sacred’ place, and when he and I are ‘doing Mr Dog’, nobody else is allowed on it.

It also functions as a sofa.

edited 30 August, 2019 by Admin