"one may as well begin with jerome's emails to his father."
Is Jerome's dad responding to his emails?
Does Carlene Kipps pray?
Who does Jerome hope to marry?
Who is Murdoch?
The Besleys' daushand
Where is the new cleaner, Monique from?
How much does kiki weigh?
What is Kiki's occupation?
Who is monty's book about?
Does Howard own a cellphone?
Does Howard smoke?
How old is Howard?
"not for the first time, kiki felt grateful she wasn't an intellectual"
“Jerome had fallen in love with a family. … ; [Jerome] had allowed the Kippses’ world and their ways to take him over entirely. He had liked to listen to the exotic (to a Belsey) chatter of business and money and practical politics; to hear that Equality was a myth, and Multiculturalism a fatuous dream; he thrilled at the suggestion that Art was a gift from God, blessing only a handful of masters, and most Literature merely a veil for poorly reasoned left-wing ideologies.”
Did Jerome and Victoria ever make love?
Kiki has an enormous bosom.
[Kiki] “began again, ‘There’re so many Haitians here …’ She dared a little further: ‘And of course it’s so difficult, in Haiti, right now.’ The man put the hub of each hand firmly on the table between them and engaged her eyes. ‘Yes. Terrible. So terrible. Now, every day --- terror.’”
“But then, thought Kiki, they were brought up that way, these white American boys: I’m the Aunt Jemima on the cookie boxes of their childhoods, the pair of thick ankles Tom and Jerry played around. Of course they find me funny. … And this is another thing they do. They flirt with you violently because there is no possibility of it being taken seriously.”
Who did Claire dress up as for her wedding with Warren?
Why did the Belseys go to the Boston Common?
to hear mozart
How long have Kiki and Howard been married?
How does Mozart’s Requiem begin?
walking toward the pit?
Does Zora read footnotes?
Who slept during the Requiem?
Is Carl an educated brother?
Where did Levi work on Saturdays?
music mega store
On his way home Levi interacts with a “very old black lady.”
Does Kiki want to invite the Kippes to the party?
How did Kiki react when she asked Levi to clean his room and he responded with, “Aw, fuck you, man.”
Kiki hit him and knocked him down.
With whom did Kiki have a conversation in front of a house on Redwood avenue?
There is such a shelter in each other.”
Is Carlene an intellectual?
Carlene to Kiki: “Truth is in a face, as much as it is anywhere. We women know that faces are full of meaning, I think.” … She laughed and put a hand to Kiki’s face. “You have a marvelous face, for example. And the moment I saw you I knew I would like you.”
Did Kiki invite the Kippses to the party?
Who had Levi invited to the party?
Who was the lone swimmer in the pool?
When confronted with the condom did Howard tell the truth?
From where is Monty Kipps?
Who has “… the largest collection of Haitian art in private hands outside of that unfortunate island.”?
Did Carlene come to the party?
How long was the affair between Howard and Claire?
How did Howard know the deception was over (“Howard realized it at once, …”)?
after 30 years you can read someones face
Howard can stay in the house, but can he come near Kiki?
To misstate, or even merely understate, the relation of the universities to beauty is one kind of error that can be made. A university is among the precious things that can be destroyed. --- Elaine Scarry
“Time is not what it is but how it is felt, and Zora felt no different. Still living at home, still a virgin. And yet heading for her first day as a sophomore.”
What did Zora lose and get back in the swimming pool?
Is Carl on the swim team?
What movement of Mozart’s Requiem does Carl discuss?
For how many years has Howard delivered the lecture series, CONSTRUCTING THE HUMAN: 1600-1700?
Did Howard want the e-mails of the students who attended the first class?
only if they seriously planned on taking the course
Did anyone know about Howard and Claire’s affair?
Does Claire get to class on time?
“They [students] had an intense fear of their peers. And, more then that, of Howard himself. …” “A careful preserved English accent also upped the fear factor. Howard let the silence stretch a little. He turned to the board and slowly unpeeled the photocopy, letting tongueless questions pelt his back.”
Is Chantelle Williams a registered student at Wellington?
Does Zora get into Claire’s class?
Among Kiki’s children, who is her strongest ally?
“And then to ruin everything that had gone before Jerome said [to Kiki], in all seriousness, ‘God bless you, Mom.’”
Does Monty Kipps like PBS?
Where does the Hyppolite painting come from?
Kiki lifted her left eyebrow in neat, devastating fashion: ‘Monty Kipps’s best friend is a gay man.’ Carlene gave a little shriek of amusement. ‘Goodness, he would never say that. Never! You see, he doesn’t think of it that way.”
“…, for Levi loved rap music; its beauty, ingenuity and humanity were neither obscure nor unlikely to him, …”
“There are so many different ways to need money. Levi didn’t need it like LaShonda needed it.”
On what day does Levi not want to work?
What word does Bailey misunderstand?
“I myself have never been able to figure out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
How old is Howard?
“Once the class was finished she saw at once how she might have argued the thing just as viciously and successfully the other way around; defended Flaubert over Foucault; rescued Austen from insult instead of Adorno. Was anyone ever genuinely attached to anything? She had no idea. …
In the meantime, waiting like this, waiting to be come upon by real people, she felt herself to be light, existentially light, and nervously rumbled through possible topics of conversation, a ragbag of weighty ideas she carried around in her brain to lend herself the appearance of substance.”
“And so it happened again, the daily miracle whereby interiority opens out and brings to bloom the million-petalled flower of being here, in the world, with other people. Neither as hard as she had thought it might be nor as easy as it appeared.”
Does Claire like American sitcoms?
What does Claire order to eat?
“Claire was addicted to self-sabotage.”
Did Claire love Howard?
As Dr Byford explained, she [Claire] was really the victim of a vicious, peculiarly female psychological disorder: she felt one thing and did another. She was a stranger to herself.”
Who was at the lovely meeting on the sidewalk in Boston just before Thanksgiving?
zora, jerome, levi
What does Levi pick out of his muffins?
Does Zora like Victoria?
Where was Felix from?
“Try walking down the street with fifteen Haitians if you want to see people get uncomfortable.”
What do Levi and Choo do on the street?
sell fake purses
In the Rembrandt painting, with whom is Jacob wrestling?
Mike wears a T-shirt that says BEING on one side and TIME on the other side.
Who has Howard stopped trying not to look at?
“Looking at her [Victoria] made him [Howard] feel open to ideas, possibilities, allowances, arguments that two minutes earlier he would have rejected.”
Whom did Carlene want to make a barnstorming speech to the Wellington College faculty?
Who went on a shopping trip into Boston?
Carlene and kiki
Does Kiki like the paintings of Edward Hopper?
Did Carlene and Kiki take a train trip to Amherst?
To whom was the Jean Hyppolite painting willed?
About how many pounds sterling is the Hyppolite painting worth?
What was done with Carlene’s pencil written note about the Hyppolite painting?
thrown into fire
Does Howard like Mozart?
Who left the funeral early?
“As soon as his finger pressed the bell, Howard knew he’d made a mistake. He waited --- nobody came. Radiant with relief, he turned to go. It was the perfect visit: well intended but with no one at home.”
Is Howard’s mother alive?
“The unexamined life is not worth living. That had been Howard’s callow teenage dictum. Nobody tells you, at seventeen, that examining it will be half the trouble.”Term
. In what cemetery is Carlene Kipps buried?
Who is in the room of the second door that Howard opened?
What fruit provides a comprehensive metaphor for Wellington students?
Who is the library in which the faculty meeting was held, named after?
Are professors Burchfield and Fontaine for or against Howard?
“One lucky sod now escaped through the squeaky double-doors --- a feckless novelist on a visiting fellowship --- but she did not retire unobserved. Beady Liddy watched her go and made a note.”
A philosopher who was “Anti-Israeli” was kept off the Wellington campus.
A Wellington LesBiGay group decided “to picket and obstruct any lecture that the Professor [Kipps] might give at the college.”
“Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are --- that is the fact.’”
Did Howard win the faculty vote?
Was Zora’s speech a success?
with what student did Howard attend the Emerson Hall dinner?
After the Emerson Hall dinner and glee club singing, what book did Howard try to read?
alice in wonderland
Levi: “The experience of reading both books had wounded him. … He was overwhelmed by the evil that men do to each other. … He retained only the searing, unwelcome awareness that somewhere, not far from him, a people were suffering greatly.”
Does Levi smoke?
What does Choo teach in Haiti?
What was missing on the blank wall behind Monty?
“It’s that right-wing black self-hatred --- I’m sorry if I offend you by saying that, but I mean … isn’t that a part of it? I’m not even talking politics now, I’m talking about a kind of, of, of psychology.”
Who became the Hip-Hop Archivist?
"She [Zora] was the kind of person who never gave you enough time to miss her.”
“And that’s the first principle of rap music. You gotta pay your dues, man.”
Where did the maid that surprised Howard and Victoria come from?
“Howard clicked around the website left open for him. He found the list of paintings Smith had mentioned and opened The Sampling Officials of the Drapers’ Guild; more popularly known as The Staalmeesters. In this painting, six Dutchmen, all about Howard’s age, sit around a table, dressed in black.”
“How many times has Howard looked at these men? The first time he was fourteen, being shown a print of the painting in an art class. He had been alarmed and amazed by the way the Staalmeesters seemed to look directly at him, their eyes (as his schoolmaster put it) ‘following you around the room’, and yet, when Howard tried to stare back at the men, he was unable to meet any of their eyes directly.
Howard looked at the men. The men looked at Howard. On that day, forty-three years ago, he was an uncultured, fiercely bright, dirty-kneed, enraged, beautiful, inspired, bloody-minded schoolboy who came from nowhere and nothing and yet was determined not to stay that way --- that was the Howard Belsey whom the Staalmeesters saw and judged that day. But what was their judgement now? Howard looked at the men. The men looked at Howard. Howard looked at the men. The men looked at Howard.”
Did Howard harbour any romantic feelings for Victoria?
Who was the lecturer in the Keller Library that Kiki listened to?
What is the concession that people always beg for?
Is Levi involved with FAIR PAY FOR WELLINGTON’S HAITIAN WORKERS?
With whom does Zora fight at the party?
carl and victoria
According to Carl who has been screwing Chantelle?
What was stolen from the Black Studies Department?
According to Zora, with whom has Carl been spending a lot of quality time lately?
What did Kiki find under the bed in Levi’s room?
“Kiki pushed Levi hard in the chest. ‘You stole this from Mr Kipps’s office because some guy told you a lot of bullshit? Because some brother spun you a load of conspiracy bullshit? Are you an idiot?
No! I’m not an idiot --- and it’s not bullshit! You don’t know anything about it! Of course it’s bullshit --- I happen to know this painting, Levi. It belonged to Mrs Kipps. And she bought it herself, before she was even married.”
"With that money from that painting you could go build a hospital in Haiti.”
“ ‘Levi … I’m trying to understand what you’re telling me,’ said Kiki slowly, making an effort to calm herself. ‘And I … I understand that you had concerns about these people, but, baby, Jerome’s right, this is not the way to go about solving social problems, this is not how you ---’
So how do you do it?’ demanded Levi. ‘By paying people four dollars an hour to clean? That’s how much you pay Monique, man! Four dollars! If she was American you wouldn’t be paying her no four dollars an hour. Would you? Would you?’”
“ ‘Mom … look.’ Jerome pulled the note free. ‘Here, it says To Kiki --- please enjoy this painting. It needs to be loved by someone like you. Your friend, Carlene. … There is such a shelter in each other.’”
Howard stood up and took a step towards her. Zora put her arm out to stop him.
Defended,’ said Zora, opening her eyes very wide in amazement, letting the tears course down. ‘Defended and defended and defended you.’ ‘Please, Zoor ---’ ‘Against Mom! I took your side!’”
“Zora now reached the top of the stairs leading down to the basement. Howard begged her for a little more time. There was no more time. Mother and daughter were already calling for each other, one running upstairs and one running down, each with her rich, strange news.”
Do Howard and Kiki separate?
. Did Kiki take Murdoch with her?
Did the discretionaries stay?
Did Carl stay in Claire’s poetry class?
Was Howard on time for his lecture?
Was Kiki in the audience for Howard’s lecture?
Did Kiki and Howard ever reconcile?
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