Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo in the Real World Chapter 14 Summary
- Marcelo decides he'll walk to South Station and get the train home, and he thinks he can find it himself even though Wendell took off.
- Unfortunately, he can't. He's lost in Chinatown.
- Because he likes strong smells, he sits on a crate next to a fish market and is trying to figure out what to do when his cell phone rings.
- It's Jasmine, trying to figure out where he is.
- Marcelo admits he's lost, and Jasmine asks him to read the closest street sign. He does, and she comes to rescue him.
- But while they're in Chinatown, she's got something to show him: her home.
- Turns out Jasmine lives in a tiny room in a building that used to be a dorm for Tufts medical students but now houses mostly Cambodian immigrants.
- When they get to her room, Marcelo is amazed—every inch of wall space is covered with CDs, except for the patch covered with a Keith Jarrett poster.
- And then there's the keyboard, with 88 keys like a real piano, which Jasmine sits down and effortlessly plays.
- Marcelo's impressed, and not just because in the poster of Keith Jarrett leaning over the piano, it looks like he's praying. Jasmine's funky tunes have a rhythm and beat he's never heard before.
- She hands him a Keith Jarrett CD, the one with the same picture as the poster, and he thanks her.
- When she asks what he's thanking her for, all he can think to say is, "For showing me."
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