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Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles Day 6

December 8, 2020 | Finish Chapter 2, pp. 102-121 (from “Early the next morning Mrs. Copperfield and Pacifica were together in Pacifica’s bedroom" through “Listen, your pal’s been out of the room two whole minutes already. She’s gone to look for Pacifica.")

Pacifica takes Mrs. C swimming, and revives her recurring dream of safety in a mannequin’s arms. This elating baptism leaves her “trembling and exhausted as…after a love experience” [p.106]: braving her terror together is a form of great intimacy.



When young Peggy Gladys takes to Mrs. C with a zeal and generosity similar to Mrs. C’s for Pacifica, Mrs. C can’t quite be kind in the way of Pacifica: she “could not resist being just a little bit sadistic” [p.112] with the girl.



“She was suffering as much as she had ever suffered before, because she was going to do what she wanted to do. But it would not make her happy.” Mrs. C will stay in Colon while her husband leaves. The paradox of agency: to take control, to be free is no easy thing.



“You are not able to face more than one fear…You also spend your life fleeing from your first fear towards your first hope. Be careful that you do not, through your own wiliness, end up always in the same position in which you began.” Mr. C writes to his wife as he leaves.

Daily Reading

Day 1

December 3, 2020 | Chapter 1, p. 1-18 (through “She was not sure that she did not find him a bit too familiar.”)

Day 2

December 4, 2020 | Finish Chapter 1

Day 3

December 5, 2020 | Chapter 2, p. 37-62 (through “The other two women looked across the street and they all watched him disappear.”)

Day 4

December 6, 2020 | Chapter 2, pp. 63-83 (through “Oh, I’d love to Pacifica,” said Mrs. Copperfield, running out of the room.”)

Day 5

December 7, 2020 | Chapter 2, pp. 83-102 (from “When Mrs. Copperfield arrived in Mrs. Quill’s room" through “Mrs. Quill was dignified and remote and did not give her the lavish thanks which she had been expecting.”)

Day 6

December 8, 2020 | Finish Chapter 2, pp. 102-121 (from “Early the next morning Mrs. Copperfield and Pacifica were together in Pacifica’s bedroom" through “Listen, your pal’s been out of the room two whole minutes already. She’s gone to look for Pacifica.")

Day 7

December 9, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 123-142 (through “She held her hand over her heart and smiled to herself.”)

Day 8

December 10, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp 142-158 (from “When she arrived at the tip of the island" through “something would happen to interfere with her departure.”)

Day 9

December 11, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 159-176 (from “She noticed with a faint hear” through “shortly she fell into a deep sleep.”)

Day 10

December 12, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 176-196 (from “At about five thirty on the following afternoon" through “Then all three of them politely bade good-by to Andy’s back and left the room.”)

Day 11

December 13, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 196-210 (from “Arnold’s father had been sitting in the ice-cream parlor" through “He’s never going to listen to me,” Miss Goering said to herself.")

Day 12

December 14, 2020 | Finish Chapter 3, pp. 211-End


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