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Don’t trust the bitch ii.9

On matchmaking

Chloe evaluates June on her one-year anniversary. June is a New Yorker – she thinks she’s always been there. June does not care about grades, also a New York opinion. When she hears D, she panics. Luther disagrees – she has a great job, flawless skin, & apples. But no dates – now he agrees. But he can fix it. He knows a guy: White, thin, punctual.

Chloe is in another league – she is off to a gallery, trying to turn homosexuals. She calls that a sport, maybe an Olympic sport. She is making a difference in other ways, too. June’s date turns out to be Chloe’s slave, attained by some complicated corporate arrangement. June preaches to him: Chloe is not evil to people she knows. He stupidly agrees to dinner with the girls, he stands up for himself like a free citizen, Chloe gets him fired.

All of this comes to a crisis. James cannot get the details of auditions without the guy, so he threatens to leave the agency, so the guy gets hired again. Then he berates Luther as well, for playing matchmaker, setting up the trouble – his punishment will be some diminishment in his health insurance. Chloe eventually has to abandon her mischief-making – she cannot be punished, but not having her way may be punishment enough for Chloe. In this small world, James is the closest thing to a king. Crisis averted – now June can go back to her guy.

Unfortunately, the guy is too white, thin, & punctual to survive the onslaught of Chloe’s charms, so he will not dare to date June unless she leaves Chloe. Fortunately, June will not do that, even though Chloe only gave her a D. However difficult it is to work on Wall St. & meet guys to date, she holds on to capricious Chloe.

Possibly, June had replaced dating men by doing yoga, whence her acquaintance with Luther. Yoga may be doing more in the cause of Luther’s love than in the cause of June’s. Luther nevertheless enjoins her to do it more frequently, because she is too tense. Loosening up is what she needs, he typically advises. He blames it on Wall St. work; she blames it on Chloe’s judgment, which worries her.

Possibly, Luther chose her mate thinking June would love someone like herself. This is funny because he is homosexual. June loves someone like Chloe rather, but she might not withstand a young man the rough equivalent of Chloe – that would be love himself, likely. Chloe’s cruelty shows the ignobility of catering to talent, as flattery has come to be known. Maybe love of beauty reveals ugliness in the lover, who must shift to acquire what he wants.