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Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo in the Real World Chapter 13 Summary
And now for an awkward lunch with smarmy Wendell. He takes Marcelo to a place he calls "The Club," where the maitre d' has to round up a coat and tie for our hero. Wendell wants something, of course. He wants Marcelo to convince Jasmine to go for a ride on his yacht. How's he supposed to do that exactly? Well, Wendell wants Marcelo to go yachting with him and invite Jasmine. While Marcelo entertains himself on deck, Wendell will take Jasmine down below and… Well, let's just say he's getting more despicable by the minute. Marcelo wants to know if Wendell wants to marry Jasmine. Wendell says people like him don't marry people like her. Ick. He then launches into a long story about "Mayflower Lawyer" (his father) and "Minority Lawyer" (Arturo). Charming guy, that Wendell. The story: Arturo was a patent lawyer; Holmes a litigation lawyer. They met at Yale. Arturo made his post-Yale fortune by helping people in Central and South America sell their inventions in the US. The problem with this is that when people steal your clients' inventions, you have to sue them. Enter the need for a litigation lawyer, and Holmes is the best. Holmes, seeing Arturo's success, agreed to ignore their longtime, mutual animosity and partner with him for a 50/50 split on the profits. So when Marcelo refuses to help Wendell score with Jasmine, Wendell tells him that Vidromek, Arturo's biggest patent client, can be convinced to drop Arturo very easily. How? Well, right now litigation's the priority for Vidromek. And if they found out about a big mistake Arturo made, he could be useless to the firm and, therefore, let go. Wendell's deal: convince Jasmine, and work a few hours a week on the Vidromek case. In exchange, Wendell will tell Arturo that Marcelo did a great job and deserves to go to Paterson in the fall. Marcelo says he'll consider helping Wendell, but only because talking to Wendell turns his brain to mush and he's not thinking clearly. Done and done. Wendell charges the check (including his two underage martinis) to his father's account and walks out of The Club without even saying goodbye.
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