[ilds] Recollected passage; Durrell?

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 08:47:54 PST 2011

Wasn't the hydroplane in the scene where Darley and Keats go fishing in 
Spain while Nick, Justine, and Gatsby are late arriving?

It must be something about the green light in the duckshoot that brings 
out a glow from the haze made visible by the spectral illumination of 

What's your most memorable scene, Bill?


On 13/11/11 2:21 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
> There's a hydroplane in the AQ -- which may or may not be a boat. Gatsby says he has one, and asks Nick to go out with him.
> Bill
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> Hi Pieter,
> I think this must be drawn in from another text.  Sometimes I find
> different works blurring together, like one phrase from a song turning
> into another...
> I can't think of any motorboats in the Quartet, though the various
> pieces are there: a boat, and island, couples with spouses, peculiar
> facing scenes.  Pitch in a mirror or harpoon, and the effect would be
> complete!
> Best,
> James
> On 11/11/11 10:50 PM, PIETER WIEST wrote:
>> Hello:
>> Many years ago I was struck by the writer's good sense in that his
>> handling of a scene involving two lovers, I believe on an island, was so
>> unique, yet stamped with such seeming authenticity. These lovers knew
>> their time together was to be brief as the husband of one was known to
>> be approaching the island by motorboat. In their final moments together,
>> they faced each other on opposing chairs or divans, and each
>> masturbated. This is my recollection, anyway.
>> I thought it must have been Durrell, in the Quartet, but on rereading
>> the books, lo, the scene was not there.
>> Am I wrong about what I had read as a young man, or is it a matter,
>> perhaps, of expurgation?
>> Pieter Wiest
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