What did Jesse say when they asked him to come to the memorial?

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When Paul tells Jesse that there will be a memorial service for his friend Rake, and tries to persuade Jesse to attend, Jesse’s immediate response is, “No way, man.” Paul tries to persuade him by telling him that he will have “a lot of friends there,” but Paul responds that...

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When Paul tells Jesse that there will be a memorial service for his friend Rake, and tries to persuade Jesse to attend, Jesse’s immediate response is, “No way, man.” Paul tries to persuade him by telling him that he will have “a lot of friends there,” but Paul responds that they are “former friends,” because they’re friends who he has “let down.” He worries that they will all point and stare at him, and say that he could have been somebody special if he hadn’t “got messed up on drugs.” Jesse doesn’t want to be the center of attention in this way.

When Paul tells him that Rake would want him there, Jesse does seem to soften his stance and consider attending the memorial, albeit momentarily. Jesse says that he “Loved Eddie Rake like (he’s) loved nobody else in (his) life,” but that he also feels like he let Rake down when he, Jesse, was sent to prison. He says that this “still hurts,” implying that the hurt would only be exacerbated should he attend the memorial. Jesse decides that his friends can bury Rake without him.

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