The Recognitions - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary

In a flashback, Otto prepares to leave the banana plantation and return to the United States. Sitting in his underpants working at his typewriter, Otto hears the loud voice of Jesse, who shirtless and tattoo-covered lets himself into Otto's room where they share a drink, Jesse asks Otto what he's doing and Otto replies he's working on his play. Otto reads a few lines for Jesse's benefit, and Jesse interrupts to tell him a play should be about action, not people holding a conversation. Jesse then proceeds to dictate a play about himself as a tropical he-man who fights, drinks and fucks like a real man. Wearied of Jesse's chest-thumping, Otto goes to bed. When he awakens, he tries on his white Brooks Brothers suit he plans to wear in New York when he tries to peddle his play. Searching for the manuscript...

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