Afternoon, Set of Lexia

Posted on October 25, 2005 at 11:27 am by pmiller4

The first page I came upon which caught my attention and had some juicy material upon which I could run with was the lexia titled [yes3].  In this lexia, the narrator in this section, Peter, and Wert discuss a nurse at the local hospital named Lolly.  This lexia is important because it show’s Wert’s character for who he really is: a jackass.  The foul language that is used provides a further taste of the bitterness found within the story.  The way they describe Lolly’s "dyke" activities illustrates the contempt the characters have for each other throughout the story. It this is contempt and lack of trust between all of the characters that block Peter from finding out the truth about his son’s death…if it really happened.
At this lexia, I clicked the word "jealousy".  Jealousy is the bedfellow of contempt so it was logical to follow this train of thought.  The first thing I noticed was that the next lexia was titled [yes6]. Then I began to realize that perhaps "yes" was the truth that no one really wanted to admit.  On the first page, the following passage takes place: “I decided to provoke him. <And an occasional dick?> I ask <Sounds like some jealousy there>." The character questioned never gives a direct answer and instead redirects the focus.  The first line on [yes6] is: “<Are you sleeping with her?> he asks.  There are candies in a crystal dish in front of me. I pick one and unwrap it carefully.” Again the character in question, who is the narrator this time, stalls and diverts the focus.  The last line was incredible because it was so thick with meaning.  The candies represented the truth which the narrator seeks but also the lustful nature of some of the characters throughout the play including his wife, Wert, Lolly and Desmond.  The crystal dish was symbolic of the fragility of life.  The wrapper represented the layers of superficiality that had to be taken off.
I selected the word sleeping which took me to the next lexia titled [Lovers].  It is unclear who the narrator is on this page, perhaps the therapist or Lisa, the wife.  Both Wert and Peter are described and it is stated that is their differences that make them attractive.  Wert is described as self-centered, rash, raw, young and energetic like a “sinner.”  Peter is described as more dense and complicated.  What is odd is that by the end of this page, the narrator admits she would sleep with both of them.  This raised the question that maybe the accident and unraveling of the circle of characters was a punishment by fate or God.
I clicked on “sinner.” Next page was titled, [Touching Myself].  The narrator continues comparing her lust for both characters of Wert and Peter.  She compares it to masturbation because with Peter it is familiarity and with Wert it is compulsive.  A key insight to this particular narrator is the line, “I am certain they both believe they have me.  They share that sense of the man’s cliché: wife and whore, and I am the woman without complications.”
This whole set of lexia revolves around the title of “YES.” Even the last page titled, [Touching Myself] links back to a page with the heading of [Yes].   The yes plays two parts in this series.  In one aspect the Yes is the truth underneath the layers, even under the bedcovers, lies, and denials of the characters.  The yes, ties in to the lust aspect for obvious reasons but also because some of the characters can’t say no and commit unsavory acts.

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