Conversations, excerpts, and edits — The Dead Enjoy Eating, Too — 04: Characters: Cecil Pickwick

Conversations, excerpts, and edits — The Dead Enjoy Eating, Too — 04: Characters: Cecil Pickwick

Stump of Time

Cecil Pickwick

Cecil Pickwick is an immature, sexually inadequate young man who teaches at a language school in Yokohama. As an eight-year boy, he suffered from rheumatic fever which made him bedridden until he recovered. His mother (his father died in an auto accident) and his sister, ten years older, nurse him during his recovery. His sister teaches him to overcome pain and fear through a series of breathing exercises.
At the University of Oregon, he meets Kathy, a beautiful woman who reminds Cecil of Ernest Hemingway’s second wife Pauline. Hemingway is Cecil’s literary hero. Kathy dislikes Hemingway. “You know what his style reminds me of? A football jock parading around campus while scratching his crotch.”
Cecil is infatuated with Katy, but she has a boyfriend who, “when making love to her, makes every pore in her body scream.” Cecil has never gone beyond the kissing phase of lovemaking. After an inept episode with Kathy during which he ejaculated prematurely, he feels inadequate and shy in the presence of women. Most of his conquests are imagined. Then one day at Terrell’s Bar, he meets Mei-Ling, a waitress and college student at Ferris Women’s College. She helps him overcome his inadequacy. The future looks bright, but a cloud hangs over him.

Sexual Inadequacy
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3 Replies to “Conversations, excerpts, and edits — The Dead Enjoy Eating, Too — 04: Characters: Cecil Pickwick”

  1. Dear Kermit, long time!! Thanks to our mutual friend Mareck I have been able to read your latest blogs and your photos! Which I very much enjoy. You are truly an artist in many different media and admire your continued work. Now that I pushed the follow bottom I can’t wait to read the next one! Big kiss;)

    1. Carla, thank you so much for your kind comments. I hope you are keeping well and positive despite the lockdowns and social distancing. When it ends, we should share a drink or two.

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