GW Recaps–Two-Faced Woman Chapters Twenty-One, Twenty-Two, Coda
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Gabriel has a dream in which he speaks to Raymond Booth. Raymond encourages Gabriel to tell him what’s he’s doing to make his life worthwhile.
Geneva goes to visit Baker; Gabriel and Joel drive her to Rochester. The visit goes well, with Geneva describing her life and her transition. They all stay overnight in Rochester, Geneva making a connection with her grandfather that is promising. The next day, Gabriel and Joel visit Bettina, who explains that Arthur Knox’s mom was arrested for being an accessory to Knox’s crimes. But they are concerned Knox may target Baker, so they arrange for bodyguards. At the same time, Gabriel wants to be proactive so he and Joel break into Mama Knox’s house. They start searching, and Gabriel is surprised by Knox hiding in the shower. Knox knocks Gabriel out, disarms him and Joel, and locks Joel in the bathroom, dragging Gabriel away with him to ‘talk.’.
Joel manages to free himself and meet Geneva outside. Joel knows that Gabriel has a second phone on his person, with a GPS device to track his location. Geneva drives while Joel tracks them outside of Rochester. At the same time, Joel gets Bettina to alert authorities. They find out the area Gabriel is in has been cordoned off due to an alleged hazardous spill nearby. Joel figures this is a hoax Arthur set up. They get away from the police and find the actual road Gabriel is on. Then they see a group of old abandoned brick buildings ahead. One is on fire on the ground floor.
Gabriel sees Ethan Nelson in front of him, telling Gabriel he’s in hell. Joel is there too, on his knees as he was in the warehouse. Gabriel throws himself in front of Nelson’s gun. Then he wakes up in the building, not knowing what’s going on. His phone is buzzing. He answers to hear Joel’s voice, and he realizes he’s in a building on fire. He begins to panic. Joel and Geneva come up with a quick plan, running to the building next door. Joel gets Gabriel to make it to the roof of his building. Geneva sets up a rope for Gabriel to get across. Gabriel is terrified to do so, but they coach him across. He makes it, and they escape downstairs.
Fire and rescue finally arrive. Gabriel is taken to another hospital. Gabriel is okay, although he needs to be treated yet again. Joel watches over him.
A news article describes the arrest of persons involved in a human trafficking operation in New Jersey, the one Don was running. The story goes into Gabriel’s involvement in both the Mathers case and with Knox.
Gabriel has a dream in which Leonard visits him. Gabriel says he hopes he did right by Leonard, but Leonard says what’s important is that Gabriel did right by the dead women.
Gabriel recovers in the hospital. Veronica is handling business. Gabriel chooses not to respond to Alex’s overtures of sympathy. Once Gabriel has returned to NYC, Chiang gives him some advice on his path.
Mikki visits Gabriel and Joel at Gabriel’s apartment. They discuss what they could do with Leonard’s belongs, to perhaps give them to Sara. Bettina updates Gabriel on Knox. Sophie is released and Gabriel and Bob pick her up, and Edward visits to talk about Leonard.
Gabriel is considering the place his life is at, in this moment of his birthday and Valentine’s Day. He rushes home to Joel to confirm their love.
A new article from Mankiewicz. He’s reviewing a couple recent television shows on the Mathers case, which feature Gabriel. The story indicates some trouble is happening with Gabriel currently.
Between the Pages
I like the relationship sparking between Geneva and her grandfather. Left unsaid is how Geneva is coping with the fact her mother has rejected her and her father is a cypher. She has her adopted mom and dad as a loving memory. I didn’t want to make her life harder for her at this time by bringing her mother back for an encore.
In researching the rope thing that Gabriel does, the worst is being over open space like that. It’s not mentioned explicitly in the series, but Gabriel has a fear of heights. He’s not going to be chasing anyone on the tenth floor of a construction site, is what I’m saying. It’s the prospect of death by fire that gets him over that roof edge, and even then he probably wishes a miracle helicopter comes out of nowhere.
This story had such a different feeling than The Hanged Man, as it should. Although I love mystery series like Nero Wolfe and Lew Archer, I wanted books with different atmospheres and distinct growth and changes in characters, as well as different frameworks (hence the I Ching framework here). To me, The Hanged Man is Gabriel establishing a place in the world, finding out how to deal with serious professional adversity (he’s already dealt with much personal adversity). In Two-Faced Woman, Gabriel is building upon the two aspects of his life (duality is a consistent theme in Gabriel’s World): professional success and internal breakdown. He had to look out for his physical safety in THM, here his danger is from his internal demons.
Beyond the Pages
Author’s Notes may not get a lot of attention, but just as Gabriel wanted the focus of the news docs he was in to focus on the women, I’d like to help bring some info on human trafficking, so that was my focus of the author note. As I read about in several good books on the topic, it’s not just sex. Quite often it’s domestic work or manufacturing. Trafficking runs across genders, ages, and families. The following are resources in the note:
I recommend the book by Kevin Bales Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy and Siddharth Kara Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.
Questions for Readers
The dream Gabriel has where Nelson shows up and taunts Gabriel strikes me as a basis for a question. Nelson represents the demons of Gabriel’s recent past, events he could not control. I imagine Gabriel as having stress dreams after this in which Nelson makes an appearance. What sort of dreams do you have under stress? Do you try to figure them out as to the heart of what’s bothering you subconsciously?
This can only, to hit on a high note, be Erasure’s Be with You, which is what I was playing in describing Gabriel coming home to Joel at the end.
Lover say you want me
And tell me that you need me
Is all I wanna know
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