Tender is the Night
How we cite our quotes:
Twice within a fortnight she had broken up (2.11.54).
This passage is stunning. Look at where we are in the novel. Look at what we’ve been through. It seems like a lot longer than two weeks. Part of this is because the chronology we started of with in the summer of 1925 picks right back up again after taking us back to when Nicole and Dick met, around six years before.
"Rosemary who? Well, we’re getting very fashionable for July – seems very peculiar to me. Yes, she’s lovely, but there can be too many people" (2. 5.35).
Did this part give you goose bumps? It’s the end of Nicole’s first person section. It starts from when she and Dick first meet and ends back where the novel itself began, on the beach in 1925.
"And two – for tea.
And me for you,
And you for me
"Just picture you upon my knee
With tea for two and two for tea
And me for you and you for me" (2.12.16).
Dick is traveling back in time here. He’s humming the song that was playing in the background when he called Rosemary after he missed her at the studio that day five years ago. This passage shows how music holds memories. Nothing new there, but this is definitely fun to think about.