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White Noise

Don DeLillo

Chapters 29–32

Chapters 26–28

Chapters 29–32, page 2

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Summary: Chapter 29

This chapter unfolds in a stream of consciousness, as Jack narrates seemingly unrelated moments from his days. We begin in the supermarket, where Jack and Babette discuss Jack’s health. When he makes a motion to go down another aisle, Babette says she’s afraid to be alone.

Jack tell us that the déjà vu crisis centers have closed, now that people seem to be forgetting things.

During one of his German lessons, Jack spots a German translation of The Egyptian Book of the Dead, which Howard Dunlop informs him was a best-seller in Germany.

Jack rummages through Denise’s room, browsing absentmindedly. He moves through the house, throwing away all kinds of clutter. He hears Babette listening to talk radio and the sound of the gas meter.

That night, Jack goes into Heinrich’s room, where the boy is watching a news report. Two bodies have been discovered in someone’s backyard, and the reporter says that twenty or thirty bodies are expected to be uncovered. But as time goes on, no more bodies are found, and everyone experiences a sense of failed expectations.

Summary: Chapter 30

Jack continues to have trouble sleeping, so he wakes up Babette and demands to know Mr. Gray’s real name and the company he worked for so that he can try Dylar for himself. Babette refuses to tell him, because she’s afraid he wants to kill Mr. Gray. The next morning, Jack continues to press the issue, arguing that Mr. Gray will be impressed with him as a test subject, since he is actually scheduled to die soon. Babette says that Dylar was her mistake and she won’t let it become his mistake as well.

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