*Well how about that mysterious "rape" in the park for Germaine? Her
indignant silence about the incident is rather puzzling. Does she
think maybe Andre has something to do with it and is still so lost
and confused in her feelings for him that she refuses to let the
possiblity enter her mind. Of course, I beleive it wasn't Andre, but
*I am amazed at how JB is able to make Todd Andrews's 11R, 12R, 13R
come to fruition so that they may be able to parallel their
respective L side twins--without being obvious. When Andrews wraps
up his letter, I had to go back and review his Chapter 3 letter AND
the events he details here to get the picture. Andrews sells himself
shoort as being "slow" indeed!
* AB Cook IV receives a mailing postmarked from Quebec supposedly
from his son, questioning the authenticity of the previous letters.
Any definitive clue to who this is and how it is possible? As Cook
states, he sent copies to "a certain historian, again for a certain
novelist." The Author had sent his letters back by July 20, and
Germaine had her own fish to fry to worry about it--did she hand them
to someone else in the meantime? I have a sneaky suspicion The Author
is the forger claiming to be his son.
*And speaking of The Author, note how he starts to get rather
egotistical and testy: "let's get things straight", he starts off to
Bray (but who could blame him?). He basically tells Horner, "FIne,
but I'll use your ideas without permission, if not the story, if you
don't mind." He also tells Cook let the Chautuqua (or -gua,
whatever!) "be the one bridge" between them. But again, who could
*Maybe I'm picking up too much pessimism lately, but Todd Andrews
makes some rather not very kind personal comments about the other
characters--Ambrose ("I do not greatly like nor much comprehend that
fellow!") and the matriarch Mensch ("an old flirt"!). However, I
liked Andrews' description of the Arrow Shirt ad, for its
metaphorical and sexual symbolism combined with the sense of loss of
innocence and wawted time...
Enough from me, gotta eat lunch (come kids, MINGLE!)