Here goes Apr 5, 2016 1:17:28 GMT -5
Post by skepticatfirst on Apr 5, 2016 1:17:28 GMT -5
ACT III (continued)
Commiserating with each other in their rivalry over Charlemagne, Mary and Jesse develop a kind of hostile friendship ("sick together" [212M], "friend" [YLHF]).
Mary confronts Charlemagne about getting with Jesse; he denies it, recriminating with her instead [YLHF].
Jesse takes advantage of a show played by a favorite band to let Charlemagne see that she's doing drugs with the music boys again, but wakes up alone and sadder than before [40B].
Jesse and Charlemagne meet to listen to records in her room again [WCGT]; she was all cheerful innocence when they did this back in the summer [HH], but now that "pure and simple love" doesn't sound so simple to her any more. For his part he sees that it's heaven; still he can't let go of his thing with Mary.
Charlemagne is still stuck on Mary, and a year and a half or so after the events of Chips Ahoy! is still trying to figure out if she feels anything ("Diane Lane kept me sane through the spring" [ABlues]).
Jesse's angry now, but neither she nor Charlemagne can quit the situation [BCig]; she threatens to leave for New York without him [Magazines], but won't actually go. It's clear to him that she's going to go back to the boys in the harbor bars for real this coming summer [HJ].
Last summer, Charlemagne and Jesse used to be able to go to parties and pretend that they'd never met [Smidge]. Now they're a known item, and boys are dissing him on her message machine [Magazines]. (It won't be long before she gets a visit from the Skins, when they're looking for him [CF].)
Jesse begins to get involved with Charlemagne's dealing in the restaurant ("She's got a bandolero belt filled with Kamikaze shooters / She touches every table in a total eclipse" [Smidge], "She's the pistol at the party" [BCig]). Again, he sees that things are taking a bad turn; something's got to give.
Mary, deeply unhappy with the situation with Charlemagne, has a vision of him speaking to her after the crucifixion which she's foreseen; in the vision, he needs her and thanks her for saving his life, but he also calls her "Sapphire" [YS]. Whether it's because these visions of him are actual episodes of long-range precognition, or because they lead her to get "confused about the truth" [SN], the name "Sapphire" foreshadows the fact that she won't be simply "Mary" in that future.
Mary and Jesse drag the Narrator and Charlemagne out to a party; when they get there, Mary wants to head straight for the room in the back where the heavy drugs are, and she and the Narrator end up having a fight about it [MPADJs, RP]. Unlike in past fights [HM, CSunrise], this time he says something that she hears and remembers --- namely, that by passively getting high and watching her visions ("records and tapes" [R&T]), she's living the life of a DJ; but it's her life, and she needs to take the risk of making her own music. It's a conversation that plants a seed for later, when she finally decides what to do about the impending crucifixion [R&T].
NOTES ON DATES
The Spring 2004 timeframe is mentioned in Ascension Blues ("through the spring"); it's at the end of the spring, we're told, that Mary finally takes action to get out in front of the crucifixion that's coming in summer 2004. There are a few crises leading to that point that have to happen not long before [MPADJs, RP, YS]; the events of Hurricane J and "now"-era Smidge also clearly take place in the runup to summer 2004, and the angry episodes described in Magazines/BCig seem to belong to the same late stage.
Everything else that comes after the baseline of summer 2003 but isn't clearly as far along as the crises of spring 2004 I've dumped in the "Fall/Winter 2003-04" timeframe, which simply covers the gap between them.
More timeline tomorrow. Thanks in the meantime for remembering Still Alive Carl.