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The next morning, our narrator thinks about the benefits of cancer and why he goes to support groups: "If people thought you were dying, they gave you their full attention" (14.1).
While we're on this cheery subject, Marla talks about her job at a funeral home and all the dead people she's seen. "At night they called on the telephone […] and when she took the call the line was dead" (14.21).
Our narrator gets a call, but this one's from someone who is quite alive: a police inspector.
He believes that our narrator blew up his own apartment.
Tyler tries to get our narrator to confess, but our narrator says he didn't do it.
Despite his plea of innocence, the narrator is told by the detective to not leave town.