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her again of the past that she was struggling to find. The present knocks on her front door delivering the groceries she just ordered. Lionel Wong was a strong & a man to be fixated over. Bluntly, DeDe throws herself on him and they do the dirty. Beauchamp arrives home an hour later, just in time to see Lionel withdraw. Indirectly he knew what had just happened. He reveled in his ability to coerce his wife into acting out the deeds she accused him. This is a shallow victory for Beauchamp & serves no purpose but to obliterate their marriage. “Confession in the Nude” ch.29 p.99-102: Mona and Michael go for a mini beach vacation up the coast. It is brought to light that Michael and Mary Ann have met before. His lover was the shopper at the Safeway that Mary Ann was

trying to inadvertently pick up. This is another cross link of the characters within the story. “Miss Singleton Dines Alone” ch.30 p.103-105: In deep thought Mary Ann realizes that she is not living her life for her self. She should confront DeDe with the situation Beauchamp and her are entangled in. The scene shifts to the Day s home. Beauchamp plants Mary Ann s glove in his Porsche in retaliation to DeDe s nagging suggestions that he was not where he said he would be that weekend. He is determined to squelch his wife s denigrating actions. “Mona vs. the Pig” ch.31 p.106-108: The pig is a client of Halcyon Communications, king of pantyhose himself, Fartface Siegel. Mona does not relish the fact that she has to jump through hoops to get the man to admit that the current

ad campaign needs to be overhauled. During the meeting, Mona speaks her mind a little too freely. She hurls her job better than any discus thrower ever could. Walking out the door she affronts Beauchamp, “Your karma is really fucked.” Once she gets home, she apathetically informs Michael of the news that she lost her job. There are many parallels within the story. These stress the significance that people are much more alike than they are different. It also gives the story a sense of continuation. The settings within Tales of the City mostly occurs within San Francisco, aside from two departures. These two places represent an escape from the city & the lives that are moored there. Beauchamp s escape to Mendocino bore no fruit, neither did Michael s escape to the beach. It

turns out in later chapters that the two characters must face their lives directly to change them. Actually all the characters that are escaping from themselves, discover this incisive wisdom. There are several social gatherings that take place. The party Beauchamp & DeDe Day attend provides the characters with a moment where they get to learn the truth about each other. Both of Mrs. Anna Madrigal s parties help Mary Ann s development as a new person. The only substantial character not reviled in the first thirty-one chapters is the pathetic Norman Neal Williams. It is a pity that he is unable to develop. He is introduced little by little, each part showing more of his grotesque nature. He is found to be a little man that only obtains what he want by using other people. He

tries to reach out to Mary Ann, but his shortcomings are too great. Norman is cut from the book in a fury, not able to learn from his mistakes as the other characters do throughout the book. He is a reminder that not all people are saved from themselves. Interactions Between Characters By keeping a close nit group of characters Armistead Maupin is able to keep the attention drawn towards the development of the character, not strewn & trying to assimilate new characters constantly. It is easier to keep track of less characters. The interaction between the characters within Tales of the City are simple but many. It is almost predictable that a character already introduced will somehow be the new introduced. To understand Tales of the City it is useful to relate it to other

reading from the class. The characters are not as complex as ones in the Plato s Symposium . While this is true what the reader learn about their nature is more revealing in Tales of the City. Maupin s work is much more light hearted, while Plato interjects a deep philosophy. There is an obvious time difference between the two stories, but this does not keep love from becoming the binding strap for each. Tales of the City is a search for love that the Symposium defines. Both Petronius Satyricons & Tales of the City are intended to tell a story. The bathhouse emerges from the past to be incorporated in chapter ninety-seven. It nearly severs the same function, but in present times the sexual content has increased. It is odd to know this & still understand that the