Pattern Recognition 1-41 (Will, Regan, Mariela)

Summary

Within the first pages of the novel, the reader is introduced to the main character Cayce Pollard. She is a 32-year-old woman who lives in the New York and is very successful at her job; she works for a company named Blue Ant. She is very intelligent and her mind gets the best of her sometimes (phobias/ Tommy Hilfiger). Gibson provides a very descriptive image of her style of dressing. The author takes the time to describe her clothing in several occasions; it is always black which gives a sense of mystery to her character. The setting shifts from New York to London were Cayce has been hired to judge a new logo. While Cayce is in London, Dorotea Benedetti is introduced and from the very beginning there’s a clear message that there would be conflict between them “bad energy (p.14)”. Casey is constantly online watching videos and trying to find a meaning to them and the person behind them. She discusses the footage with one person in particular Parkaboy, whom she has never met or knows much about. They email each other constantly as she says “when the forum really gets going and sometimes when it’s dead (p.40)”. Cayce is able to do her job and do so well with these logos because of her phobias with certain ones. She has a certain instinct that allows her to perform well and judge logos. In this portion of the novel, alot is mentioned about about the style of dress and the color black. Both of these could play a more significant role as the novel progresses.

Glossary

Weetapix- (p.1) A whole grain cereal that is big in the United Kingdom. It comes in the form of palm- sized biscuits.
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Ambivalence- (p.3) This is the state of having mixed feelings towards a person or thing. Essentially when you keep having conflicting feelings like when you love something, but at the same time you also feel hatred towards the same thing.

Casio G Shock- (p.7) The ultimate tough watch- Casio G Shock watches are durable, waterproof digital watches made for everyday activity. http://www.gshock.com/
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Austere- (p.10) A strict and stern manner; cold in appearance. In the context of the book, it is saying that the Logo of Heinzi & Pfaff is very bold and comes across stern.

Deciphered- (p.14) To interpret or read. To change from a code to plain text.

Lucite-(p.16) A transparent or translucent plastic.

Rodeo Drive- (p.19) A shopping district in Beverly Hills that is very well known for its designer label and fashion stores. This block is very well know due to the fact that many celebrities shop there.
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Provincial University-(p.20) A local or close by university. It is saying in the book that the women is from a local university.

Akin-(p20) Related by blood

Nymph- (p.23) A very good looking or graceful young women.

Bermondsey- (p.32) An area in London on the south bank of the river Thames.

Scalding coffee- (p.37) Very hot, boiling coffee
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Vertiginous- (p.38)Spinning, rotating, makes you become dizzy

Virgin Megastores- (p.39) An international chain of record shops. Founded in London
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Veneer-(p.40) Thin slices of wood used to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets.
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Monomer- A molecule that can combine with others to form a polymer

Semiotics- The study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing

Monochrome- a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color

Kitsch- something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste

Prehensile- adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail 2. able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp

Filigreed- anything very delicate or fanciful

Absinthe- a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most
Western countries

Otaku- an avid collector or enthusiast, esp. one who is obsessed anime, video games, or computer and rarely leaves home

Buchenwald- site of a former Nazi concentration camp in central Germany, near Weimar

Commentary

From the very beginning of the novel, Cayce seems to come across as a weird person. The way she dresses, the way she views and has this phobia towards advertising things, and her personality in general all seem to point towards a person just being different. In reality though, Cayce is very intelligent in her field, and her phobias are actually what make her better in that field. Her overall awareness to her surroundings caught my attention throughout the first section. The author uses a lot of description and picturing of the scene, and Gibson’s subtle comments provide more in depth analysis of Cayce than may appear on the surface. Things such as, “Cayce may well be the first diner to ever have deciphered these actual texts”, “Cayce says nothing”, and “Cayce shivers” all provide some kind of insight in the particular scene that is going on. Cayce comes across, from her image, as a weird person, but she is actually very wise and understanding.

Another thing I noticed in this section was the use of the color black. It was used many times to describe some kind of thing: black jeans, black coffee, black Italian plastic, black cab, black grenades, black coat, black man, the list goes on and on. Black is a very bold color and represents a darkness and kind of scary nature. When we think of night, we think of it being pitch black. Black is an aggressive color. Most criminals wear dark or black colors when in action. These may be insignificant things to the novel, but the blackness element represents something deeper that I think we might discover later on.

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