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When Roxanne Coss sings, her voice is at once “reckless
and controlled.” People love her for her fearlessness and her ability
to capture life’s pain and beauty in song. Many men who hear Coss
sing declare their love for her, although they hardly know her.
Until she falls in love with Katsumi Hosokawa, Coss is a woman who
receives love without giving love in return.
Coss is flattered by her fans’ admiration, and she enjoys
being a star. When she is taken hostage, she believes that whatever
may happen to everyone else, she will survive because she is special.
Her stardom is an essential part of her identity. Still, the professions
of love from near-strangers sometimes annoy Coss. Like many artists,
Coss wants the world to love her for her art but is irked when people
love her too eagerly or too invasively.
At first Hosokawa, like the others, loves Coss for her
singing, and her talent never ceases to enthrall him. But Hosokawa
and Coss grow to find a deep comfort with each other that is different
from the one-sided adoration and adulation that characterizes Coss’s relationship
with her fans. Roxanne Coss says, “If someone loves you for what
you can do, then it’s flattering . . . but if they love you for
who you are, they have to know you, which means you have to know
them.” Once Coss finds love with Hosokawa, she is able to love Cesar,
the young terrorist who aspires to be a great singer. During their
lessons, her desire to be a star is temporarily replaced by her desire
to help someone else. One love begets another.
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