Joe

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  • Joe
    • Analytical + Intelligent
      • "The initial conditions, the force and the direction of the force, define all the consequent pathways, all the angles of collision" pg2
      • "these elements need to be separated out...pedantry can only help me here" pg17
      • "Nor can he break the habit of responding to an accusation with a detailed, reasoned answer, instead of coming back with an accusation of his own" pg86
      • "But such logic would have been inhuman." pg213
    • Scientific
      • "Such is his genetic investment, I remember thinking stupidly" pg19
      • "It was an enormous balloon filled with helium, that elemental as forged from hydrogen in the nuclear furnace of the stars" pg3
      • "comforting geometry" "reassuring clarity" "mathematical grace" pg2-3
      • "Clarissa thought that her emotions were the appropriate guide, that she could feel her way to the truth, when what was needed was information, foresight and careful calculation" pg150
    • Guilty
      • "I didn't know, nor have I ever discovered, who let go first. I'm not prepared to accept that it was me" pg14
    • Contradictory
      • "The beginning is simple to mark" pg1
        • "A beginning is an artifice, and what recommends one over another is how much sense it makes of what follows" pg18
    • Desperate for 'real' science
      • "What I had written wasn't true. It wasn't in pursuit of truth, it wasn't science" pg50
      • "In my bad moments the thought returns that I'm a parasite" pg75
    • Doesn't understand Jed's condition
      • "I also thought that his condition was so extreme, his framing of reality so distorted that he couldn't harm me" pg91
    • Proud
      • "to turn back would have meant climbing up the hill, a double humiliation" pg21
    • Believes he is emotionally distant
      • "The child was not my child and I was not going to die for it" pg15
      • "The trouble with Joe's precise and careful mind is that it takes no account of its own emotional field" pg83
    • Loves Clarissa
      • "It had always seemed to me that our love was just the kind to endure" pg158
    • Unreliable narrator
      • "What I describe is shaped by what Clarissa saw too" pg2
      • "People say I have a talent for clarity. I can spin a decent narrative out of the stumblings, back-trackings and random successes that lie behind most scientific breakthroughs" pg75
      • "It would make more sense of Clarissa's return to tell it from her point of view. Or at least, from that point as I later construed it" pg79
      • "Or were these details I observed later, in the chaos, or in the time after the chaos? pg167
    • Starts to lose sanity
      • "I started to turn and rise from my chair and raise my hands, ready to defend myself, or even to attack" pg51
      • "I felt like a mental patient at the end of visiting hours. Don't leave me here with my mind, I thought. Get them to let me out" pg58
      • "He feels he wouldn't mind picking up the dressing table stool and throwing it though the window" pg88
      • "There was just a chance he could have fallen forwards under a passing set of wheels, and I wanted it...I wasn't suprised at myself or ashamed." pg90
    • Likes Children
      • "I've never outgrown the feeling of mild pride, of acceptance, when children take your hand" pg231
  • "I understood again...why a pre-scientific age would have needed to invent the soul" pg22
    • Scientific
      • "Such is his genetic investment, I remember thinking stupidly" pg19
      • "It was an enormous balloon filled with helium, that elemental as forged from hydrogen in the nuclear furnace of the stars" pg3
      • "comforting geometry" "reassuring clarity" "mathematical grace" pg2-3
      • "Clarissa thought that her emotions were the appropriate guide, that she could feel her way to the truth, when what was needed was information, foresight and careful calculation" pg150
  • "Now it came out in a torrent, a post mortem, a re-living, a de-briefing, the rehearsal of grief, and the exorcism of terror" pg28
    • Unreliable narrator
      • "What I describe is shaped by what Clarissa saw too" pg2
      • "People say I have a talent for clarity. I can spin a decent narrative out of the stumblings, back-trackings and random successes that lie behind most scientific breakthroughs" pg75
      • "It would make more sense of Clarissa's return to tell it from her point of view. Or at least, from that point as I later construed it" pg79
      • "Or were these details I observed later, in the chaos, or in the time after the chaos? pg167
  • "Why didn't I think of this? Why didn't I think like this? We needed love" pg33
    • Loves Clarissa
      • "It had always seemed to me that our love was just the kind to endure" pg158
  • "But what exactly had I done, or not done? If it was guilt, where exactly did it begin?" pg39
    • Guilty
      • "I didn't know, nor have I ever discovered, who let go first. I'm not prepared to accept that it was me" pg14
  • "The effort of appearing sane and judicious for three hours had rather unhinged me" pg46
    • Starts to lose sanity
      • "I started to turn and rise from my chair and raise my hands, ready to defend myself, or even to attack" pg51
      • "I felt like a mental patient at the end of visiting hours. Don't leave me here with my mind, I thought. Get them to let me out" pg58
      • "He feels he wouldn't mind picking up the dressing table stool and throwing it though the window" pg88
      • "There was just a chance he could have fallen forwards under a passing set of wheels, and I wanted it...I wasn't suprised at myself or ashamed." pg90
  • "If he hadn't, then my mental state was very frail" pg47
    • "I had sensed him behind me even before I saw him. The unreliability of such institution I was prepared to concede. But it was him" pg47
      • Contradictory
        • "The beginning is simple to mark" pg1
          • "A beginning is an artifice, and what recommends one over another is how much sense it makes of what follows" pg18
    • "I abandoned myself to my serious, flimsy argument...it was the nineteenth-century culture of the amateur that nourished the anecdotal scientist" pg48
      • Desperate for 'real' science
        • "What I had written wasn't true. It wasn't in pursuit of truth, it wasn't science" pg50
        • "In my bad moments the thought returns that I'm a parasite" pg75
    • "Those who could not wrench their hearts and minds from their loved ones were doomed to fail in life's struggles and left no genetic footprints" pg52
      • "I thought about John Logan and how we had killed him" pg55
        • "And who was this first person? Not me. Not me. I even said the words aloud...Could this person be blamed?" pg55

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