Chapter 22 Summary

Richard Gordon shuns his bicycle and decides to walk down to the Lilac Time, a local gambling hall and bar. The bartender notices that Richard does not look well and offers to give him some absinthe, a strong alcoholic drink. Not even three glasses make him feel any better. He then asks for whiskey, though the bartender warns him about drinking anything else after absinthe. As Richard looks at himself in the bar mirror, he decides that drinking will not do anything to help the situation. A young man named Herbert Spellman approaches him, the two having met previously in Brooklyn. Spellman expresses his appreciation of Richard’s work and offers to buy him a drink. Despite reminders from Spellman, Richard cannot remember him or the...

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