Thursday, August 23, 2012

the story thus far, chapters 51-75


chapters 1-25

chapters 26-50

chapters with asterisks* edited by Prof. Dan Leo. others by rhoda penmarq





*51 - "Alan Ladd" - flossie and mortimer converse in elevator.



52 - "flossie vs hyacinth, round 2" - flossie interviews hyacinth in her apartment. hyacinth suggests they go out to automat.



*53 - "play it light" - flashback to angie conversation with olaf before checking in. she tips him generously, warns him of possible questioners.



54 - "dependable" - cosette recruited by stan. cosette goes up to hyacinth's apartment. hyacinth and flossie are leaving for automat. stan wants to send jake on errand, has no money.



55 - "nolan cogitates" - nolan ponders the night's events, decides to walk around the block.



*56 - "the visitors" - introduce BURGOYNE and O'TOOLE, aliens (in human form) who land on roof of hotel.



57 - "not going anywhere" - cosette lends stan a few dollars (tip she just got from hyacinth). cosette returns to work. after vague discussion of future (stan determined to avoid old cronies and start "new crew"), jake goes on errand to drugstore.



58 - "angie philosophizes" - angie recruits chester to her "crew". she brings up subject of art heist.



*59 - "the stairwell" - hipsters sniffy and rooster smoking weed and conversing in stairwell.



*60 - "splendid indeed" - continuation of 59 - burgoyne and o'toole appear. sniffy and rooster offer them weed.



61 - "speed is your best thing" - after the fight in the alleyway, conrad, carol and frisco johnny ramirez all agree to go to conrad’s house to discuss conrad’s new career as a boxer. conversation of cab drivers, including the previously encountered mac.



62 - "excitement is where you find it" - the private detective flanagan tails conrad, carol, and frisco johnny. conversation between flanagan and his driver (mac).



*63 - "hoo boy" - still in the stairwell, rooster and sniffy offer to score more pot for the now very-stoned and possibly addicted Burgoyne and O’Toole. the somewhat unethical hipsters agree to sell the na├»ve aliens two ounces for “only” two thousand dollars.



64 - "closing time at al's" - fortescue and al in bar. fortescue gets call from COSIMA COLLINSON, art gallery proprietor and sister of conrad. fortescue agrees to meet her at collinson residence on e 86th st.



*65 - "Mr Zilch" - introduce HAROLD P STERNHAGEN, hack writer living in the hotel - he begins story about MR ZILCH, small time hood.



66 - "williams" - back story of williams, butler at collinson residence. wartime experiences with colonel collinson (deceased). mention of CORPORAL GRAY. conrad, carol and frisco johnny arrive at residence. cosima calls, tells williams she has invited fortescue.






67 - "import/export" - cosima sees mac's cab (flanagan passenger) outside residence, but they take off. cut to angie in hotel room - she can't sleep, calls RED at his "west side cafe", inquires about "export " - connection with art heist? cut back to cab, flanagan tells mac to head for west side cafe.




*68 - “snake dance” - return to the apartment of Estelle (the eviscerator) and Peter, and the drunken sad end of the party with the last remaining guest, Michael Chandler (called “Henry” by his wife Carol, who has gone in search of Stan Slade but has now wound up at the uptown Collinson house, with Conrad Collinson and Frisco Johnny Ramirez). Michael/Henry hears on the radio of the reward on Stan’s head, now totaling $10,000, and he heads off to the Hotel St Crispian, where he and Carol dropped Stan off earlier that night.




69. “cosima gets down to business” - at the Collinson townhouse, Williams the butler prepares refreshments for two sets of late-night guests: Conrad Collinson with Carol Chandler and Frisco Johnny Ramirez; and Cosima Collinson and the private detective Francis Fortescue. Cosima comes in and pumps him for information about Conrad and his guests, who have already arrived. Shortly afterwards Fortescue arrives, and Cosima tells him of the threats she has received that the upcoming exhibition of paintings by the avant-garde artist Pete Palomine will be burgled.



70. “the procedures of pete palomine” - continuing the preceding scene, Cosima explains to Fortescue the peculiar methods of the artist Pete Palomine, viz., that he pays random people he finds to paint his works for him; she posits her theory that the threats to steal Palomine’s work in his upcoming exhibition at Cosima’s gallery come from one or more of Pete’s disgruntled and underpaid “apprentices". Insert: an interview with Palomine conducted by Florence (“Flossie”) Flanagan in which Pete explains his unique artistic “procedures”.

*71 "ten grand for bora-bora" - making his way to the St Crispian, Michael considers the advantages of seeking to collect the reward money for Stan Slade.



72 - "ghosts of old new york" - jake takes his time on stan's errand. he recognizes burlesque queen GAYLE WARNING through window of ace diner, goes in and introduces himself. also introduce waitress EDNA and horse player LULLABY LEWINSKY.


*73 - "Hank Blank" - Michael arrives at the hotel in search of Slade.  Is questioned by Olaf .

74 - "a curious destination" - angie can't sleep, decides to go to poker game at red's diner.  takes cab driven by AMBROSE, whom she recognizes as former leftist agitator.  first mention of angie's sister, "RED" ROSIE RICARDO


75 - "a lady present" - angie arrives at red's diner for poker game.  encounters TOMMY SULLIVAN and his crew. introduce GUS GOLDBERG.







chapters 76-100


chapters 101 -

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