October 13, 2014

PART TWO: The Emperor of Ice Cream

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The Emperor of Ice Cream

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.

Take from the dresser of deal,
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered three fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
                                                              WALLACE STEVENS

Chapter 8-13 

  1. Why does Matt call Ben in the middle of the night? What does he ask him to bring? 
  2. What does Ben find when he arrives at Matt's house? 
  3. What detail does Ben suggest Matt leave out of his discussion with the police about Mike's death? Why? Who is waiting for Ben the following evening when he leaves the boardinghouse to go to Spencer's? 
  4. With whom does Susan argue in the beginning of Chapter 9? Why? 
  5. Who calls Susan with bad news later that same afternoon? 
  6. What does Susan hear at Matt's house while Matt is checking on a strange noise in the guest room of his house? 
  7. What does Susan later find in the guest room? 
  8. What happens to Matt when he sees Mike return to his guest room as a vampire? 
  9. Who wakes to find her child dead in the beginning of Chapter 10? What is this person's reaction? 
  10. When Marjorie Glick wakes up sick after a specific dream, what symptoms make the reader believe she has been bitten by a vampire? 
  11. What do Franklin Bodden and Virgil Rathburn find when they visit the dump in Chapter 10? 
  12. Who comes to Mark Petrie's window and asks to be invited in? Why does Mark initially refuse? Why does he change his mind? 
  13. What information does Matt Burke hope to learn from library books he requests be brought to him in the hospital? 
  14. Where does Susan go on her own in Chapter 11? For what purpose? 
  15. Why do Ben and Jimmy Cody go to the morgue? What do they expect to happen? 
  16. What does Ben make a crucifix out of? What does this crucifix symbolize? 
  17. Who sneaks up on Susan in the woods outside the Marsten House? Why is this person there? 
  18. What happens to Mark and Susan when they enter the Marsten House? 
  19. How does Mark escape from the rope with which Straker has tied him? How does Mark escape Straker? 
  20. Where is Susan while Mark is being held prisoner upstairs? Does Mark attempt to rescue her? What happens to Susan? 
  21. Who comes to visit Matt Burke in Chapter 13? 
  22. What does Father Callahan initially believe is the cause of Matt's story about the vampires in Jerusalem's Lot? 
  23. What story does Father Callahan tell Matt that helps him realize Father Callahan believes in vampires? 
  24. What does Matt ask Father Callahan to do as a result of their conversation? Why?

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