| Quote #7
"You wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a wonderful nightmare."
Following the Brett-Romero-Cohn drama, the only thing Jake can fall back on is alcohol – however, this time even booze doesn’t do the trick. What he needs, clearly, is something to cure rather than simply cover up his problems.
| Quote #8
I drank a bottle for wine for company. It was a Château Margaux. It was pleasant to be drinking slowly and to be tasting the wine and to be drinking alone. A bottle of wine was good company. (19.14)
After the fiesta, Jake returns to alcohol, but it’s different – there’s something less alarming to him about drinking alone, at his own pace, and without the complicating factors of his friends.
| Quote #9
"It’s funny what a wonderful gentility you can get in the bar of a big hotel," I said.
Brett and Jake hang on to an old-fashioned idea of gentility associated with hotel bars (and curiously enough, horse racing) – in this scene, the hotel bar is a place of refuge from the pressures of the outside world and the consequences of Brett’s actions.