Pattern Recognition 167-207 (Will, Cathy, Mariela)

Summary

In the beginning of this section Cayce begins to explain her story to Boone. She talks about Dorotea and her knowing of Cayce's fears. She tells about the apartment and what all happened there. Cayce is trying to figure out why or how Dorotea knows her phobias, particularly of the Michelin Man. They are trying to figure out the watermarking code. Later on Boone reveals to Bigend that Cayce was followed in Tokyo possibly by two Italian men. Somehow everyone is trying to figure out how everyone is linked to each other. Cayce beats one of the Italian men and it turns out to be Dorotea's driver. This section ends with the receptionist telling Cayce that Dorotea is waiting on her upstairs.

Glossary

Corrugated- to draw or bend into folds or alternate furrows and ridges

Kudzu- An eastern Asian vine (Pueraria lobata) having compound leaves and clusters of reddish-purple flowers. It is grown for fodder, forage, and root starch, and is a widespread weed in the southeast United States.

Alcove- A recess or partly enclosed extension connected to or forming part of a room. A secluded structure, such as a bower, in a garden

Tatami- Straw matting used as a floor covering especially in a Japanese house.

The Michelin Man

Serotonin- a neurotransmitter involved in e.g. sleep and depression and
memory

Gaijin- is a Japanese word meaning foreigner

Jpeg- is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images

Peripheral- on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area; "Russia's peripheral provinces"; "peripheral suburbs"

Otaku- is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive
interests, particularly anime, manga, and video games

Baffled- people who are frustrated and perplexed

Rummaging- making a thorough search

Enigmatic- puzzling, not clear to the understanding

Scrum- an iterative incremental framework for managing complex work (such as new product development) commonly used with agile software

Primordial- first created or developed

Blat- to utter without thinking

Wince- to flinch; draw back as with fear or pain

Tandoori- A tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven used in cooking and baking

Writ- legal document issued by court

Banal- over familiar through over used; repeated too often

Inchoate- being only partly in existence or operation [imperfect]

Commentary

Reading so far, the story is getting more and more interesting. The hole in the flying jacket, asian sluts, and Italian stalkers seem to make sense to me. The reason Cayce and Boone are traveling to Tokyo is to get the watermark code. And just after Cayce got the numbers for a Japanese man called Taki, she was attacked by the two Italian stalkers. I think the two Italian guys were after the footage information that Cayce had. What’s more interesting: at the end of chapter 23, it is revealed that the Italian who was beaten by Cayce happened to be Dorotea’s driver. Dorotea is the person who is behind all this. Breaking into Cayce’s room, putting a doll on the doorknob and hiring Italians to watch Cayce–all the mystery of Dorotea’s hostility seems reasonable. It seems to me that Dorotea wants the footage information or she is trying to stop Cayce from getting any new information. Dorotea is not after Cayce’s job position in London but after the footage.

Another thing that caught my eye is Cayce’s dad. The authors seems to put a lot of effort writing about Cayce’s dad. Cayce recollected memories of her dad’s in a lot of situations: when she’s in a paranoia, when she defended her self from the Italian stalker, when she got e-mails from her mom and the list goes on. It seems like the author is trying to let us know more about Cayce through the voice of her dad. The more Win is mentioned the more I’m curious about his disappearance. From Cynthia’s e-mails, it is obvious that she strongly believes that Win is still alive. What if he is? What influence does Win have on Cayce and the main plot?

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