Joe and Jed exchange a passing glance, a glance which indelibly burns an obsession into Jed's soul and has devastating consequences, for Jed suffers from de Clerambault's syndromea disorder that causes the sufferer to believe that someone is in love with him or her.
Hilliard, Graham. Yet Joe falls victim to anti-rational behavior once again when he allows himself to be led by Clarissa into their bedroom.
The sudden and obsessive love is directed at our main character, a married male journalist who writes science articles for magazines. Joe immediately joins several other men in an effort to bring the balloon to safety. Then, a balloon accident that ends in tragedy near the field where they picnic changes everything.
Reasonableness, tears, desperation, vague threat — and now honest supplication. However, Joe realises the bullet was meant for himself and the similar composition of the group of people at the other table misled the two killers into thinking the other man was their target.
Mrs Logan hands Joe a bag which holds a picnic, and then hands him a scarf smelling of rose-water, and asks Joe how many doors were open on Logan's car. Is Joe Rose delusional and paranoid? He sends her signs and messages that only she can interpret, keeping the delusion alive.
In the second appendix a letter from Jed to Joe we learn that even after three years Jed remains uncured and is now living in a psychiatric hospital. In light of what happens in this novel, in what ways is Joe right or wrong about this? The article is about the human urge to create narration and contrasts it with an abstract, formal, and beautiful truth that lies outside of narration.