Lancelot - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

Lancelot stops his story to discuss why he is telling it. Lancelot feels as though there is something in the story he needs to recall. Lancelot talks about the past, trying to tell Harry how he feels he needs to create a new life, a new world. Lancelot then talks about the girl in the room next door. Lancelot went to see her the previous day and she told him her name is Anna. Again Lancelot talks about how much she reminds him of Lucy Cobb, his first wife. Returning to his story, Lancelot talks about another dinner with the movie people in which the discussion centered around the semiotics of film, with Janos Jacoby dominating the discussion while Merlin appeared bored. At the same time, Raine was speaking to Lancelot about Ideo-Personal-Dynamics, the cult-like group she had just joined in Hollywood. Lancelot attempted to take part in Janos' conversation, but he misunderstood the point and embarrassed Margot. After dinner, Lancelot checked in on Siobhan and once again ignored her unhappiness in her grandfather's company.

Lancelot recalls his early relationship with Margot, how sex was a major part of their relationship. After the sex began to ebb, it was renovating Belle Isle that made Margot happy, but even that came to an end. Eventually Margot turned to acting to find the passion upon which she thrived. Lancelot repeatedly comes back to the question of whether or not he loved Margot. Lancelot cannot answer that he loved her, but he admits to a certain obsession with her.

Elgin returned with his report on the goings on at the Holiday Inn. Elgin could not see what was going on in the rooms but reported that Margot spent time in both Merlin and Jacoby's rooms. Lucy was there as well and spent most of the night in Raines' room with her and Troy, but Lancelot does not seem interested in this information. Lancelot admits to Harry at this point that he might have been wrong about Margot, since it appears she was ill that night and not sleeping with anyone. However, Lancelot continued to hold on to his doubts and is determined to find proof of Margot's infidelity.

Chapter 5 Analysis

Lancelot has grown obsessed with Margot's infidelity and news to the contrary seems to only make him more determined to learn the truth. Lancelot himself does not seem to know why he is obsessed or what drives him on. Lancelot cannot even say if he was in love with Margot or simply drawn in by her sexual appeal. Lancelot continuously compares Margot to his first wife, Lucy Cobb, placing Margot on the evil side of the scale and Lucy on the pure, innocent side, which is also where Lancelot places Anna, the poor rape victim in the room next door.

Lancelot appears to be growing more unstable as his story continues. Lancelot breaks into his own narration more often, going off on tangents like the meaning of love or the meaning of infinity. The closer the story gets to the death of Margot and her friends, the more Lancelot becomes obsessed with Margot's infidelity and the more he loses touch with other things going on around him, like his sixteen-year-old daughter spending the night with two clearly unusual movie stars.

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