In Episode Six (Part II – The Human Ideal – chapters six to nine), we witness two separate cab rides — one in which Rob is lectured by the cabbie on the importance of love, and another in which we can see love beginning between Nick and Erma. Rob finally arrives at his destination, St. Dymphna’s Hospital, where Dr. Tundra works, and where Rob plays a special prank on the maniac psych doc/chemical Magellan. In chapter nine, we return to Nick’s journal, and his thoughts on the day, writing, and new-found love.
Another excerpt from Nick’s journal (chapter nine):
A wise man once wrote: “Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.” And thank the stars that it be so, for I could see that her eyes saw not my pudgy middle, but my middle eye, the flashing knowledge that I have of the subconscious world and true art. I saw, it as though by lightning. Strobes and flickers of a shape that lashes out at me with tendrils of love and pain — a deep sea creature with arms both toxic and tender.
A great day, and even better for all that it was a lizard-day, normally so mundane and about my basic needs. But those have been met. Seedy paid the full price, the agreed price, and the physiology lab paid more than they agreed, and now there is time to do nothing but write. Oh, that and visit the glass penis for my next spinal injection.
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