Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

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Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby Liz » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:31 am

Each chapter has a quote (most of which are from poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt) at the beginning of it.

Take one or two chapters and explain how you think the quote fits the chapter.
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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby Liz » Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:54 am

OK. I will start. I have no clue, really. And as I said in the thread on Poker, I was hoping you guys could explain it to me. But here's a stab at one chapter.....

Chapter XIV


"Wherewithall, until the heart's forest he flies,
Leaving his enterprise with pain and cry;
and here he hides, and does not appear."

I think the first two lines speak to death, and possibly going to heaven (referring to the death of Professor Weiss). The last line might speak to the killer being elusive.

Just a guess.
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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby nebraska » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:38 am

I feel like I have abandoned our fearless moderators and so I decided I need to take a stab at this. :mortdecai1:
So I opened to Chapter II

"They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,
That now are wild and do not remember
That sometime they put themself in danger
To take bread at my hand; and now they range,
Busily seeking with a continual change."


And while I was looking for a place to copy and paste that text, being too lazy to type it all out, I found the complete poem here. But more than that, Google gave me a selection of analysis sites such as this one If this were an open-book test, figuratively speaking, I should ace the test. :lol:

I think this stanza refers to Johanna who was once his adoring lover who now wants money to go play bridge with friends, the passion having cooled to a more normal temperature.

And by the way, the poker hand at the beginning of this chapter -- A Queen, A One-Eyed Jack, and a Wild Card may refer to Johanna, Jock, and the introduction of the mystery or perhaps to Charlie himself.

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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby stroch » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:44 am

^^Thanks, nebraska. I'll copy your work, change it slightly, and ace the test too!
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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby nebraska » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:56 am

stroch wrote:^^Thanks, nebraska. I'll copy your work, change it slightly, and ace the test too!

stroch, if anyone here could analyze that poetry without an open book, I think it would be you. :bouquet:

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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby Liz » Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:37 pm

Well done, nebraska! :-O

This is definitely an open book test, but no plagiarism is allowed, stroch. :bigwink:

Nebraska, I do believe that you did the hard work on your own.....analyzing how the quote and the poker hand relate to the chapter. Excellent work!

Anyone else?
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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby Theresa » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:40 pm

How about Chapter 15...

Title: Ignorant end of the straight

Quote: A nere example unto you of my foly and unthriftnes that hath, as I well deseruid, brought me into a thousand dangers and hazardes, enmyties, hatrides, prisonments, despits and indignations.

This is the chapter where Charlie let his loins rule his head and got into the taxi (and the hotel room) with the blond woman. Then into that long black limousine that ended up with him getting pistol-whipped. All due to his "foly and unthriftnes" took Charlie into all those dangers, hazards,enmities and all the rest mentioned in the quote.

Title...well, Charlie was behaving rather ignorantly throughout this chapter. He certainly wasn't listening to his own advice, that's for sure.

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Re: Mortdecai Question #18 - Moving from Poker to Poetry

Unread postby Liz » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:04 pm

Good one, Theresa! :applause:
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The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.


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