glass coffins and tiger lanterns and azucar

In the Watermelon Sugar, the lanterns are tigers, and glass coffins line the bottom of the river. A heartbroken girl hangs herself from an apple tree with a blue scarf, after spending too much time in the place with the forgotten works. The ones who live there drink a lot; they stumble around and slur about how the others are blind, have got it all wrong, how the tigers had it right (they ate his parents, but were nice enough), and eventually they kill themselves in a blood fest of a suicide scene, with ears and noses and faces carefully sliced off in a flurry of pride. A large old fish that in the story is a trout, but could easily have shown itself as a catfish to another (as Brautigan has explained quite clearly how Trout Fishing in America is his $35 dollar fountain pen), watches the glass coffin of the girl being built before she dies, and he looks up at the man who leaves her quietly. The man is the one who narrates the story, so she seems very cold and disconnected. But she feels very drawn to the forgotten works. She was wandering around in them when the bad thing happened, and she was all alone.

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