Alexs first gift is daydreaming. He can daydream and remain perfectly aware of what is going on around him at the same time. Daydreaming was the beginning of all of his troubles, and the solution at the same time.Alex resists his troubles. That isMoreAlexs first gift is daydreaming. He can daydream and remain perfectly aware of what is going on around him at the same time. Daydreaming was the beginning of all of his troubles, and the solution at the same time.Alex resists his troubles.
That is what makes them troubles. He is often heard to say, Here I go again, doing something I dont want to do.Alexs other gift is, all he has to do is think of something, and it happens. It has been that way all of his life. Its a bit of a nuisance because his friends think its weird, and he wears his miraculous gift rather more like a handicap than as a gift. It is, he thinks, something he should explain to them, but he cant. All Alex wants is anonymity, to fit in, to be ordinary.
But he has unwittingly performed a ritual that put him on a path and he cant turn back. After his friend, Hughbella, an old Blackfoot Indian, dies, and after Louise leaves him, he feels abandoned. There is nothing to life except the setting. And then Hughbella begins to visit him in his sleep. She tells him about the ritual he performed and explains the path hes on, and she begins to remind him of ancient secrets to teach him to be an Observer. She give him tasks to perform: He has to learn he cant go back to his ordinariness. He has to accept his lot, and that there is no teaching, and the most difficult, he has to learn to recognize himself.
She teaches him the Art of Choice, and how to move in and out of The Facade. And she reveals to him his exclusive gift - how women are magic creatures for him. Sweet Louise abandons him, leaving him aimless to wander blindly onto his path. The beautiful Alberta tests his fear and his desire.
The seductive Dolores makes herself vulnerable and tempts him. The twins, Ilene and Elane, trick him. Barbara the Receptionist opens doors for him. And the lovely Miss Tucci the Typist teaches Alex caution. And then Robin comes along, a stray human, wet and frozen on the side of the road, the most magical of them all.
They may appear to be ordinary women, but they are not, not for Alex. Alex is in Wonderland.And there is Munch, Alexs best friend, who teaches Alex there is no teaching.It isnt easy to become and Observer, especially for Alex who wants to be ordinary. Hughbella tells him, Alex, if youre going to be so serious about life, you must become and Observer, because if youre going to participate, you cant be serious.