Friday, August 14, 2015
A small room inside a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.
In Baldwin's novel we do not "see" Giovanni's room until Part Two, Chapter Two, which opens with David stating: "I scarcely know how to describe that room."
A couple of paragraphs later, Baldwin's David begins a description, but of course provides more than that.
As for the view, "Giovanni had obscured the window panes with a heavy, white cleaning polish." He did this, Baldwin writes, to "insure privacy."