And yet people get hints in real life all the time.
We often don't give people enough credit, and it is a shame as we waste resources in stories going over the same ground when we could either shorten the story from a novel to a novella or even a short story, or we could better use that space for something else. Dragging on isn't the point.
But there is a gold mine in stories that have very little information ever given, and we can explore characters who, for one reason or another, cannot know the whole story. Dementia impedes perceptions while giving no links from the past to help clarify what the person sees, and if your language isn't the same as those around you, what you see will be profoundly different than if you are fluent and can understand the nuances.
Our first day at a new job or school has a completely different feel than when we have the most seniority in those places. You become adjusted and many of the stimuli that overwhelmed and distracted you on the first day seemed to have disappeared, even if they are always present.
The Patriarchal requires focus, and often takes many factors for granted. Everything must be clear or the story falls apart.
But the Matriarchal is not bound by those same constraints.
What if we tell a story about a disaster from multiple perspectives -- no one will know what is going on at first and there will be red herrings and misdirections -- which is all part of what a character senses and perceives. With the Matriarchal, the point isn't alway the plot -- but perceptions without context, something the Patriarchal has always taken off the table.
The Patriarchal is all about a single dominant thread. The Matriarchal is a weave, and with a weave, we can spin from wisps of facts from different perspectives -- and it is surprising how much of a coherent story we can create from those tiny pieces.
When even misperceptions drive the story, it can still take us around a scene, and we can compare and contrast vague and confused perceptions and figure out what is happening. In this case, it is not just the Matriarchal that is the structure that supports fragile and delicate content, it is also the Epistolary adding to the mix, and whole new kinds of stories can be told without worrying about the old rules the Patriarchal had set and refused to consider...