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MonkeyNotes-The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Singer makes it a habit to write letters to his friend Spiros even though he remembers that Spiros doesnít know how to read. He convinces himself that Spiros actually might be able to read or might get someone to read the letters and then sign the meaning to him. One night Singer goes to his shop to engrave a piece of silver and when he is finished, he writes a long letter to Antonapoulos. He tells him of his visit to their old house and all the things that have changed about it. He tells about the four friends, the one who watches, the one who speaks clearly sometimes and sometimes makes no sense at all, the girl who likes music who "knows I am deaf but thinks I know about music," and the black man who is sick with consumption but has no hospital that will accept black patients. He writes about the awkward evening when the four of them visited him at the same time. He thinks their rudeness to one another was unfortunate, writing, "You know how I have always said that to be rude and not to attend to the feelings of others is wrong." Singer ends his letter in despair at the length of time they have been apart and his sense that he cannot go on without seeing his friend soon. He closes his eyes and sees only the face of Spiros. Then he closes the letter, writing, "the way I need you is a loneliness I cannot bear" and "I am not meant to be alone and without you who understand."


When Singer gets home it is two oíclock in the morning. He has a dream about all the people coming together and his hands fanning out like windmills. He wakes up afraid. The next day he sees that the present he has bought for Spiros--a moving picture machine and some movies to go with it--has come in. He decides to visit Spiros even though his vacation time is far away. His boss agrees to his absence and he leaves a note on his door. When he arrives at the asylum, he is horrified to find that Spiros is not in his room and no one knows where he is. Finally, he is led to the infirmary. Spiros is wearing all his gifts, including a red sick robe, and looks regal in his huge bulk. Singer feels shy in front of him but soon starts signing animatedly. He looks into Spirosís eyes and sees "the little rectangled pictures of himself that he had watched a thousand times." At one point as he is talking, Antonapoulos pokes him in the stomach and laughs. Singer starts laughing and canít stop for a long time. Soon, Spirosí dinner is brought, then Singer sets up the moving picture machine and Spiros revels in the pictures. When it is time to go, Singer signs his last words desperately. In his rich garments, Spiros looks "like some wise king from a legend."

Back in town, Singer keeps up his nightly walks until the rumors about him become rampant. Everyone thinks he is one of them.

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