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infidelity. This turbulent conflict forces Beauchamp to immaturely retaliate in chapter twenty-two. “The Landlady s Dinner” ch.13 p.46-50: Mary Ann s innocence surfaces again when she does not realize that Mona s offer of coke was not a cola. Mona further exposes her debauched nature when she produces food stamps when it is obvious that she is making enough money not to need them. But Mary Ann does not realize that Mona did need them at one time and simply kept them. During Anna s dinner party Mary Ann is offered more joints and boorish company. Bored with Anna s plastic guests, Mary Ann wanders into the bathroom and noticed a part of Anna s past. Anna comes in to reveal that her name is assumed and that she was never married. The conversation leads to men. Anna assures Mary

Ann that she will find a man in San Francisco that is not gay. “Rendezvous with Ruby” ch.14 p.51-53: This is the introduction of the devoted Ruby Miller. This is another chapter that begins with setting the scene before interacting with the characters. In this case it is necessary to do this because the scene is showing the environment that Ruby lives in, than the person herself. She is made out to be a born, bred, lower-middle class Christian solider. The chapter name and the actions seem very much like a mid-evening rendezvous for a quickie. The chapter s intention is to dumfound the reader. Ruby starts pressing her fingertips against Edgar s temples. The action appears to prelude a sexual act. Then the next sentence blunts the senesces by making it known that Ruby is

spiritually healing Edgar. Blam! The chapter ends without warning. “The Boy Next Door” ch.15 p.54-56: This is the introduction of the meandering & oversexed Brian Hawkins. Mary Ann reads her mail. There is an impression that she is very lonely in her new world. Anna intervenes by sending up Brian Hawkins. He had no idea of the reason why Anna would ask him to go up and see Mary Ann, but the light dawned for her. She explained that she had just told Anna that there were not enough straight men in San Francisco. He invited her up to his apartment, which was short and agreeable. “The Matriarch” ch.16 p.57-59: Edgar returns home after his meeting , and makes up an intricate lie about it. It is evident that Frannie is drunk and discouraged. Not realizing it Edgar is guilty

of the same transgression that he reprimanded his son-in-law for in chapter ten. Edgar changes the subject from being late, which leads to a discussion about a party that Frannie wishes to put on. It is evident that he is tired of living the strict social life of the upper class. Both Edgar & Beauchamp wish for the same thing, release, but they attain their wishes in different ways. “Stranger in the Park” ch.17 p.60-64: Edgar is in turmoil over his life threatening medical problem. There was a hint of the problem in chapter fourteen, but the problem was never so imposing. Edgar s doctor pleads with him to face his life, fling it off and take advantage of his last few months. As he leaves for lunch he is in great turmoil. He absurdly fantasizes about Frannie s party and

that he could add to his wife s social ladder by foretelling his death at the party. He put this notion out of his mind as he entered Washington square and encountered Anna. “Relating at Lunch” ch.18 p.63-66: Beauchamp and Mary Ann have lunch at an urban-organic-aloof restaurant. This only amplifies Mary Ann s uneasiness of being with Beauchamp. He is able to still her butterflies by tearing away the pretenses she has built around his presumed blue-blood. He purposely strikes back DeDe, fulfilling her fears by asking Mary Ann to vacation with him that weekend. She resists but not with much effort on account of her struggle to fit into her new life. “A Piece of Anna s Past” ch.19 p.67-69: This is the first chapter that directly follows the personal timeline of a character.

This is because it s importance to Edgar s life discovery could not be completed in one single chapter. Meeting Anna made the park warmer and the bird s songs more joyous. The two start out with small talk but it inadvertently, at least according to Edgar, turns into a serious discussion about both of their pasts. Anna remarks that Edgar is not too happy with himself and she tries to bring back memories when he enjoyed his life. She plays with his mind by implying that she runs a house of pleasure. But her words are misleading, she actually runs a boarding house. Finally Anna finishes playing with her prey by saying, “Tomorrow is his turn to buy lunch.” “Mona s New Roomie” ch.20 p.70-73: This is the introduction of the self-styled Michael Tolliver (Mouse). From nowhere