Bast home, outside of Massapequa, Long Island
The lawyer Coen holds a largely futile legal discussion with Anne and
Julia Bast; their nephew Edward leaves the house unobserved, much to
Coen drives from the Basts’ house into the center of town.
Scene 2 (18.7-19.35)
Outside the bank in
Principal Whiteback converses with Amy Joubert outside his bank; both
see Coach Vogel, then Edward Bast, who joins the conversation; a retarded
boy frightens Amy into dropping a bag of money, which Bast promises to
Whiteback and Amy drive to their school; Jack Gibbs witnesses their
arrival from his classroom window.
Scene 3 (19.35-21.30)
a middle school in
Gibbs in classroom teaching concept of entropy; Gall outside arrives
Dan diCephalis travels from parking lot to Principal’s office.
Scene 4 (22.7-31.27)
Conference between Miss Flesch, diCephalis, Whiteback, Gall, and Major
Hyde; Congressman Pecci joins; all watch teaching programs on television;
diCephalis leaves to deliver teaching materials for Mozart program.
“The even passage of the sun” over Massapequa.
Scene 5 (31.40-37.8)
J R on phone in an office, Bast in the hall rehearsing Wagner’s Rhinegold.
Scene 6 (37.8-38.10)
DiCephalis drives Bast to television studio, where his wife Ann prepares
Bast to deliver Miss Flesch’s Mozart lecture.
Scene 7 (38.11-51.21)
Hyde, Whiteback, Pecci, Gibbs, and two Foundation visitors (Ford and
Gall) view educational television programs, including Bast’s on Mozart.
DiCephalis offers to “ride” Gibbs somewhere, then drives alone to
Scene 8 (52.15-54.17)
DiCephalis picks up his wife and drives home.
Scene 9 (54.18-57.20)
Domestic life with “Dad” and children, Nora and Donny.
Scene 10 (57.21-59.27)
Bast catches up with J R and demands money taken at Rhinegold
rehearsal; J R walks him home.
Alone, Bast walks to back entrance of Bast property.
Scene 11 (59.44-68.20)
Anne and Julia talk with their niece Stella Angel about Reuben
and other family members; Bast enters (67).
Scene 12 (68.21-73.9)
Bast plays on the piano a piece he has written for Stella,
confesses his love; Stella’s cab arrives.
Cab ride to train station.
Scene 13 (73.13-74.21)
Massapequa train station
Stella runs into Gibbs, also waiting for the train.
Passing of night to “another blue day.”
Scene 14 (75.7-89.19)
Amy takes pupils on field trip to New York; Bast, also
going in to town, reluctantly assists; J R and the Hyde boy compare
portfolios on train ride; children visit Wall Street, where they are met
by Dave Davidoff, and taken to Crawley & Bro., where they purchase one
share of Diamond Cable.
Scene 15 (89.20-110.38)
While students view a film, Amy confers with her great uncle Governor
John Cates and her father, Monty Moncrieff.
Scene 16 (110.39-121.38)
Automat (a block
Children have lunch; Amy converses with Bast, then Gibbs; feeling
unwell, she leaves the children in Bast’s care.
Scene 17 (121.38-129.42)
Midtown Manhattan to Massapequa
Bast takes children to a Western movie, then back by train to
Scene 18 (129.43-137.8)
Bast runs into Gibbs at train station, who gives him a key to
the 96th Street apartment he shares with Eigen; J R walks Bast
home to try and enlist his assistance.
Scene 19 (137.8-143.16)
Bast discovers kids have broken into his studio; Stella there
too, who attempts to seduce him, but her husband Norman Angel arrives with
police; they leave Bast distracted.
Scene 20 (143.17-149.14)
Stella and Norman drive home; discuss estate problems; go to sleep in
separate beds. Norman leaves next day for plant.
Scene 21 (149.15-154.43)
General Roll plant, Astoria
Angel confers with his foreman Leo; learns that his secretary Terry
has been posing for pornographic photographs; Angel leaves for business trip to
Scene 22 (154.44-156.11)
General Roll plant
Terry handles phones for a few days while Angel’s out of town.
Scene 23 (156.12-159.18)
General Roll plant
Angel returns, clears up business, leaves for home.
Scene 24 (159.8-161.21)
Angel sees Gibbs (visiting his daughter), but Gibbs escapes before
Angel can reach him and walks to subway station behind Terry and Myrna. At
Penn Station, Gibbs offers to buy Myrna a drink.
Scene 25 (161.22-166.44)
Penn Station to
DiCephalis runs into wife Ann and travels with her by train home;
disastrous dinner and puppet play; next day he drives to post office.
Scene 26 (166.45-174.8)
DiCephalis jostles J R and the Hyde boy, who compare mail; J R
explains army fork deal; boys walk to school; overhear drug deal in
Time passes at school.
Scene 27 (174.12-185.15)
Coach Vogel and Whiteback chat in boys’ room; Whiteback
returns to principal’s office, joining diCephalis, Hyde, and Stye (an
insurance agent); Gibbs on television, who later joins them in office
(183); Gibbs learns of Schramm’s accident, takes a swing at Hyde, then
leaves for post office and train station.
Scene 28 (185.16-188.3)
J R and Hyde boy walk to post office, run into Gibbs there.
Scene 29 (188.3-191.3)
Massapequa to New
Gibbs argues with ticket-seller; trains into New York; calls Eigen
about Schramm; spots Amy in Penn Station.
Scene 30 (191.4-194.5)
Amy greets her son Francis, hurries for a cab to avoid Gibbs;
after freshening up at her apartment (in the East 70s) she takes Francis
to various museums, dinner; after Francis goes to sleep, her husband
Lucien arrives (192-93); next morning father and son are gone. Amy takes a
cab down to Typhon.
Scene 31 (194.5-197.7)
Amy confers reluctantly with Davidoff, wishing to see the
lawyer Beaton instead.
Scene 32 (197.8-206.42)
Crawley & Bro.
Crawley confers with Bast on his aunts’ stock and reviews the
contents of J R’s portfolio; Crawley commissions Bast to write some
“zebra music” for a film he has produced, then phones Beaton.
Scene 33 (206.43-217.17)
Beaton answers Crawley’s call, then returns to his discussion with Amy;
afterwards, Amy again confers reluctantly with Davidoff.
Scene 34 (217.18-219.44)
Hyde listens to Davidoff over intercom, drives back to Massapequa (his
watch ripped from his wrist at a stoplight, his car nearly vandalized as
he works on it).
Scene 35 (220.1-228.35)
Hyde joins a budget conference with Whiteback, District
Superintendent Vern Teakell, later diCephalis; Whiteback bumps into J R
outside his office; a student steals Hyde’s car.
Scene 36 (228.36-229.35)
J R and the Hyde boy talk, then J R calls Bast residence, reaching
Scene 37 (229.23-235.35)
Anne hangs up on J R, and discusses family matters with her
sister; several days pass.
Scene 38 (236.6-241.38)
Whiteback speaks to one of Bast’s aunts on the phone, then talks with
Amy, later Gibbs. Learns that diCephalis and Hyde were in a car accident
together with the student who stole Hyde’s car.
Scene 39 (241.39-250.12)
Gibbs talks to Ann diCephalis on the way to the train station; talks
with Amy on train ride.
Scene 40 (250.13-251.45)
Penn Station, then Automat
Gibbs calls ex-wife, then tries to call Bast (reaches his
“secretary” in the next booth), then calls Eigen.
Scene 41 (251.46-257.22)
Eigen receives Gibbs’ call, then Davidoff’s; Beaton and Davidoff argue
the stockholder’s suit that J R has filed; crew arrives to remove
Scene 42 (257.23-272.44)
apartment (2nd Avenue)
Eigen’s wife Marian needles him about his friends; his strained,
loveless home life displayed; Eigen leaves with a policeman for the 96th
Street apartment to check up on Schramm; Gibbs arrives (267) and Marian
tells him she plans to leave Tom, and when she finally tells him of
Schramm’s suicide, Gibbs takes a cab to 96th Street.
96th Street apartment
and 3rd Avenues
Gibbs joins Eigen to discover Schramm has hanged himself; they return
to their own apartment down the hall. While Eigen goes for liquor, Bast
arrives (277); Tom returns; after Gibbs and Eigen leave, Bast spends the
Scene 44 (286.19-290.15
Gibbs returns next day, reads to Bast the opening of his unfinished
book, Agapē Agape.
Scene 45 (290.16-309.35)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street
Bast walks down to the Met, where he runs into Crawley, then
meets with J R (291), there on a school trip, to discuss the Eagle Mills
takeover. Crawley runs into Amy with her students (Vogel assisting), then
leaves them in Vogel’s care.
Vogel talks to himself during the bus trip back to Massapequa;
tries to dump the kids on Ann diCephalis in the school parking lot, but
she escapes home.
Scene 46 (310.20-317.44)
Dan returns from hospital, catches up on school news. A few
days pass. Dan walks to school.
Scene 47 (317.45-332.22)
Vogel kids diCephalis about his suit; Gibbs holds up school
schedule by reading the Constitution over PA system; in principal’s
office Whiteback, diCephalis, and Hyde discuss school matters; Pecci joins
in (324); Whiteback chastises J R for using school’s adding machine
Scene 48 (332.23-341.33)
J R conducts business on pay phone; Gibbs uses the phone to call his
lawyer (to tell him he’s sent his General Roll stock to his ex-wife in
lieu of alimony), then goes to Whiteback’s office (339), and finally to
Scene 49 (341.34-348.7)
Gibbs returns to school (nearly catching J R returning from
post office), sees Vogel about a shoe. J R back on school phone with Bast.
Gibbs (in the deceased Buzzie’s sneakers) uses phone after him, then
sees Amy in hall, interrupted by Stella, who offers to drive Gibbs into
Scene 50 (348.8-352.12)
Massapequa to New
While driving to Manhattan, Stella lies to Gibbs about Norman beating
her and shows his pornographic photos of Terry, but she is primarily
interested in Gibbs’s five shares of General Roll stock; drops Gibbs off
and continues to her apartment.
Scene 51 (352.12-353.37)
Stella entertains a lesbian lover.
Scene 52 (353.38-361.20)
General Roll plant
Angel and Coen discuss finances and Gibbs’s past history with
Scene 53 (361.20-362.33)
General Roll plant
Myrna and Terry chat, then take subway to Manhattan with Angel
following them; he spots Bast at subway stop.
Scene 54 (362.33-378.28)
Bast walks from subway stop to apartment and finds Rhoda there; both
spy Gibbs and Myrna making love in adjacent apartment; Rhoda stays the
night while Bast works on film score. He leaves next morning for an
appointment; a picture-phone is installed in apartment.
Scene 55 (378.28-388.24)
Bast returns, finds Rhoda gone; J R calls; a drunken Gibbs arrives
(382), and Eigen shortly afterwards.
96th Street, former Schramm apartment
Beamish, Mrs. Schramm’s lawyer, discusses his estate with Gibbs and
Eigen. Learn that Marian left Eigen while he was away in Germany.
Scene 57 (401.1-414.12)
After a brief run-in with the “five Jones boys,” Eigen and
Gibbs take a cab downtown to the former’s apartment; discuss marriage
and Wiener on communication. Gibbs invents Divorce board game (410); both
get drunk and fall asleep.
Scene 58 (414.13-419.12)
Eigen leaves Gibbs in his apartment and takes a cab to work; talks with
Gall about each other’s plays. Learns that Miss Flesch (formerly of J
R’s school) is his new supervisor.
Scene 59 (419.12-437.29)
Cates, Zona Selk, and Beaton discuss various matters.
Scene 60 (437.30-449.20)
Crawley & Bro.
Bast and Crawley discuss music and financial matters.
Scene 61 (449.21-463.17)
Whiteback, Vern, Dan, Amy (briefly), then Hyde discuss school matters.
Eisenhower’s “cheaply framed” portrait; twenty seconds
Scene 62 (463.27-475.27)
Vogel kids Dan in boys’ room, then admires Amy’s
“cheek”; she waits to use the phone while J R talks with Bast, then
with Davidoff and his lawyer Piscator. Amy tries to reach her father in
Washington, then talks with J R on her way to the train station.
Scene 63 (475.27-483.31)
Amy runs into Gibbs at train station, and ride together to her
Manhattan apartment; unsuccessful attempt at sex.
Scene 64 (483.32-491.9)
Gibbs awakes alone, but Amy returns later that day; they go out for a
walk; have dinner at apartment; successful attempt at sex (490); fall
Scene 65 (491.10-501.11)
Amy and Gibbs’s lovemaking interrupted by a call from Beaton;
Gibbs phones Eigen; Amy and Gibbs go out shopping (where Gibbs imitates a
halfwit); make love and fall asleep.
Scene 66 (501.11-508.31)
Gibbs phones ex-wife; Moncrieff phones Amy as Gibbs and she are
making love (504); Amy decides to leave for Geneva to recover her son.
In front of Tripler’s, Gibbs avoids Beamish with Mrs. Schramm and
Waldorf Hotel (50th and Park Avenue)
Beamish and Duncan visit J R’s new headquarters, where Davidoff now
works (he confuses Duncan’s wallpaper firm with Duncan & Co.
publishers), as does former textbook-salesman Skinner (who has recently
married Gibbs’ ex), Dan diCephalis (whom Davidoff calls “Mr
Ten-forty”), Miss Flesch, and Hyde. Davidoff in fine fettle, on deck
stamping out brush fires. Frigicom introduced.
Scene 68 (543.39-548.14)
En route uptown
Brisboy and Bast share a cab and discuss Wagner Funeral Homes.
Scene 69 (548.14-565.16)
Bast and Rhoda (after getting rid of Al) catch up on business, make
love; Bast writes music, then gets call from J R (562-64); continues
working through the night.
Scene 70 (565.17-580.21)
Gibbs arrives early next morning as Bast prepares to leave for funeral
in Union Falls; Rhoda leaves shortly after; Gibbs works on his book
between business calls; goes to sleep.
Scene 71 (580.22-610.10)
Gibbs wakes next day to a delivery of 100,000 plastic flowers;
continues working on book amid disruptions. Rhoda, Al, and another member
of the band Gravestone return while Gibbs is out; he returns, drives out
Al and friend; Rhoda leaves for interview. Gibbs finds and reads
Schramm’s notes. Rhoda returns (597). Gibbs compares his manuscript to
invalid (603); night ends with Gibbs reading drunkenly aloud and Rhoda
(high on cocaine) imagining a shipwreck.
Scene 72 (610.10-631.37)
Eigen arrives next morning, finds Rhoda in bathtub and Gibbs gone; Amy
calls (612); Eigen makes pass at Rhoda, who soon leaves for Pecci’s
publicity stunt. Eigen answers phone calls until Gibbs returns with
Freddie (Amy’s older, retarded brother and Gibbs’s classmate); Gibbs
learns he may have leukemia (622). Federal marshal arrives with process
servers (627). Bast arrives, but Gibbs warns him to leave; Eigen leaves.
Scene 73 (631.37-635.36)
Bast runs into J R (there with his classmates on another school trip),
then Brisboy, who buttonholes him for a frantic talk.
Scene 74 (635.37-653.2)
Bast and J R talk (during a limousine ride) of the Indian uprising; J
R tells Bast he’s been fired (639); from Penn Station take train home,
during which J R tells Bast how everything is falling apart; reads
“profile” to a sleeping (and ailing) Bast; arrive in Massapequa.
Scene 75 (653.3-663.37)
J R walks Bast home; ill, Bast pauses at the Marine Memorial,
where J R plays tapes, including Bach’s 21st cantata, which
Bast forces him to listen to; J R wants to continue talking business, but
Bast outwalks him.
Windy Massapequa terrain.
Scene 76 (664.3-669.37)
Coen picks up Bast, both looking for the Bast house (which has
been moved), and drives him to hospital in Manhattan.
Scene 77 (669.37-670.18)
Manhattan hospital, room 319
Bast admitted to same hospital Angel is in, and where Nurse Waddams
(formerly of J R’s school) now works; Bast sleeps for several
Scene 78 (670.19-674.25)
Bast, now awake (but still delirious), has Duncan for a
roommate, who brings him up-to-date via newspapers.
Scene 79 (674.26-687.22)
Coen visits Bast (while Duncan interrupts him); Bast writes a
piece for solo cello while Coen talks; Duncan given an enema, after which
he deteriorates rapidly.
Scene 80 (687.23-688.29)
Bast feels better next day, but discovers Duncan died during
Scene 81 (688.29-712.44)
Hospital, room 311
Cates (in for a heart transplant), Beaton, and Zona Selk talk
business while staff preps Cates for operation. Reader learns that
diCephalis is lost in Teletravel transmission (engineered by Vogel), that
Amy married Dick Cutler, that Ann diCephalis posed for the cover of the
new magazine She, and that Crawley sold Bast’s film music for
$60,000. Beaton lets the fourth dividend go undeclared to allow Amy to
gain control of both Foundations; Beaton walks out as both Cates and Zona
suffer attacks (the latter Beaton’s own doing).
Scene 82 (712.45-719.15)
Hospital, room 319
Beaton throws up in men’s room; Bast offers to help, then meets with
Coen in his room, who tells him his aunts have moved back to Indiana;
Stella joins the conversation (714) and, when Coen steps out of the room,
the cousins confront each other with the past. All three leave the
hospital with Stella firmly in control.
Scene 83 (719.15-726.40)
Stella and Bast take a cab up to the apartment; she waits in cab as
Bast finds Eigen retrieving his papers (now keeping company with Mrs.
Schramm). Gibbs in back apartment reading Broch’s Sleepwalkers to
Schepperman; Bast leaves to escort Freddie to Amy’s apartment. J R
phones for Bast, and as Eigen leaves for Mrs. Schramm’s, talks through
the dangling phone about his new plans for public life.