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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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