A Fragment of Four Seasons | Mr. Jack: A New York story, a Greek tragedy
A Fragment of Four Seasons

Val is surprised by the call and asks Jenna how she got his new number. Jenna tells him, from Lara, and she’s calling to make sure Val didn’t have the wrong impression, no matter what he heard Ian is not having an affair. Jenna must cut the call short and invites Val to lunch.

The next day over lunch Jenna apologizes to Val for putting him in such an awkward position. Val begins to explain why he did what he did. Jenna tells him it doesn’t matter. All dreams begin as they end and she is fine where she ended up.

Val tries to convince Jenna to leave Ian, it is less than a year, and he is already cheating on her. Jenna tells Val, there are only twelve covers of American Artist a year, just twelve! My husband is on the cover of September. Val takes out the Chagall Glass he was about to give to Jenna and then he stops. Jenna asks what he has. Val tells her it is nothing, just a piece of glass.

After lunch, Val throws the Chagall glass into the East River.

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Given the opportunity to apologize to Jenna for leaving without telling her, Val chooses to justify his actions rather than take responsibility. To apologize is beyond Val’s empathy. Furthermore, justification allows Val to put some measure of normality back in his life.

Val stops short of giving Jenna, a Chagall fanatic, the glass mosaic tile. More precisely, an extra that was in limbo. It was never used in a finished mosaic, yet it was just as beautiful as any other glass tile in the work of art. Through an accident of disorder, this piece had never reached its potential. Val throw’s the glass in the river, ending its limbo.
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