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Michael calls Mona declaring that another relationship is down the tubes. In Michael s mind this is a typical stereotype for himself as a gay man. Relationships are supposed to be short term, never everlasting, & far & few between. His only comfort is that this particular relationship was able to get to the furniture buying stage. The relationship is in control, neither of the two men. Concerned for Michael s well being, Mona practically demands that Michael come live with her. A selection of possessions are inventoried coming into Mona s apartment: a T-shirt that reads “Dance 10, Looks 3″, Army surplus clothing, a photo of La Belle, & a roach clip. These possessions elucidate Michael in a stereotypical light. The author uses possessions to make character inner

workings evident. “Their First Date” ch.21 p.74-76: It is obvious that Edgar is falling for Anna in this chapter. He does not care if anyone sees them alone together. They joke with one another and Edgar reveals his inadequacy of contend with his social class. Anna remarks about how wonderful it is to fly a kite while being stoned. Obviously shocked Edgar asks “Marijuana?” He felt older than ever having to refuse the offered joint. Anna turned the cheerless situation into a gleeful one by trading the joint for the usage of a kite. “Off to Mendocino” ch.22 p.77-79: This is the first instance where Mary Ann overtly disregards her hometown morals. She sleeps with Beauchamp, a married man, her boss son-in-law, and a very big step. It is unfortunate that Beauchamp is only

using her to get back at his wife for all her meddling & over-inquisitive nature. “Brian Climbs the Walls” ch.23 p.80-83: It is ironic while Mary Ann seeks sex with Beauchamp, Brian is bored out of his skull and wants Mary Ann s company. Brian really desires her, Beauchamp does not share this. Brian relieves himself by going out for the night. He ends up in a bar with Chip Hardesty, who is a rival of sorts. The rivalry comes from the fact that Chip is a babe magnet; note Chip s last name. All used up, Chip leaves the bar to Brian. Alas Brian has no choice but to accept the women leftovers. “Post-Mortem” ch.24 p.84-86: Beauchamp s little solder, was unable to salute Mary Ann. He was worried, perhaps even concerned, for what he had done to DeDe. Mary Ann wants to share

feeling while Beauchamp is cold. All of the sudden Beauchamp reveals that he is in love with Mary Ann. More than likely he wishes to escape his social rank with Mary Ann, the representation of his freedom. But Beauchamp divulges his true nature in his sleep. Mary Ann is no longer infatuated with this escape to her future. Both, Beauchamp s & May Ann s escapes have failed miserably. “Coming Clean in the Marina” ch.25 p.87-89: Brian gave up on picking up a mistress for the evening, at the bars at least. He takes his male chauvinism to the Laundromat. He sights his quarry, a saucy girl waiting for the same thing he is there for. The two exchange smart-aleck remarks with each other. In sort, checking each other s resistance to hurt. With persistence he melts her resistance,

Connie s resistance. Ironic that yet another intertwining of characters has developed. ” and Many Happy Returns” ch.26 p.90-93: Brian wakes to find himself trying to cope with Connie s emotions. She is pissed and Brian has no clue. She wants tenderness and only gets, wham bam thank you ma am. She emotionally breaks and communicates the reason for her acting like a bitch, it is her birthday. She is depressed that she has no one to share her loneliness with except complete a stranger, picked up in Laundromat. Placing aside his sarcastic comments, Brian s tender nature surfaces. He quickly runs into her kitchen and reappears with a makeshift birthday cake and says, “no wisecracks.” The charade of the wise-cracking in the last chapter is dropped for gentleness in this

chapter. Both characters grow to understand that their life simulation only disservice them. “Mrs. Day at Home” ch.27 p.93-95: DeDe s life is crumbling around her. She bathes away the frustration, but this escape fails to secure her doubts about herself. She grasps for the first support, an old fling. Walt unfortunately casts her back to reality. He now has a happy and well adjusted marriage, no need for another woman s yearnings. “The Chinese Connection” ch.28 p.96-98: On the phone with Walt, DeDe realizes that her husband is not away for the weekend where he said he would be. She admits to herself she never believed the lie anyway, and tries to brush off the compounded pain. She hangs up with Walt and almost immediately calls for backup, breakfast cereal. It reminded