|A Reader's Guide
to William Gaddis's The Recognitions|
Pages 202-21; December 1949
Otto wakes the
next morning in his apartment to the sound of Verdi's Aïda,
then goes to Esme's apartment.
She will not let him in, saying she has just awakened and must take
a bath, so Otto goes to a nearby drugstore for coffee. Upon returning
he receives two setbacks: Esme does not remember his taking her home
the night before, and Otto learns he has a rival in the seedy person
of Chaby Sinisterra, Frank Sinisterra's son. The three go out for breakfast,
where they run into Stanley. Otto spends a pointless
afternoon; he returns later to Esme and they make love.
Afterward both dream of Wyatt, and upon awakening Esme
leaves to go see him.