PRINT May 1987


A Romance in Ten Parts, Chapter 9: Flight

WHEN WE LAST LEFT the courtroom, at the beginning of April, it was discovered that the collector who had been suing Rex for image-larceny was none other than Rex’s partner in his first sophisticated affair, the artist Alma, who, you may remember—you, the reader, the one with a privileged interior view into the plaintiff’s and defendant’s bedrooms and studios—was really the thief, even if the external world thinks otherwise.

Such a twist on the identity of the plaintiff had thrown the court- room into a vertigo of real and not real, true and false, belief and confusion.The judge decided to put a stop to this drama of masks and mirrors and copies and fakes, and ordered the jury to come to a verdict. Unlike several critics who had long ago turned in their own verdicts on Rex and on Alma, the jury returned without one. Sent back again, they returned again, still a hung jury. Finally, the judge

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