Marathe is an A.F.R. member who is a triple and perhaps quadruple agent—he pretends to betray A.F.R. to the O.U.S. via Hugh Steeply, but it is perpetually ambiguous whether or not he is only pretending to betray them. Indeed, Marathe himself does not appear to have decided which side he is on. Although he likes to boast about the importance of loyalty to one’s nation to Steeply, in fact Marathe is dedicated to whichever course of action will best help him get medical care for his wife, Gertraud, who is comatose and on the brink of death thanks to exposure to the Great Concavity.
Rémy Marathe Quotes in Infinite Jest
The Infinite Jest quotes below are all either spoken by Rémy Marathe or refer to Rémy Marathe. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of Infinite Jest published in 1996.).
Chapter 51 Quotes
I couldn't even stand to be in the same room, see him like that. Begging for just even a few seconds - a trailer, a snatch of soundtrack, anything. His eyes wobbling around like some drug-addicted newborn.
Rémy Marathe Character Timeline in Infinite Jest
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...also calls the samizdat, and that the wife is rumored to have been sexually promiscuous. Marathe responds that A.F.R. are not interested in “making an example” of ordinary citizens. Meanwhile, a... (full context)
...another student—who is known for sucking up to Schtitt—objects. Back in Tucson, Steeply talks to Marathe about someone called Rod Tine’s love for Luria. Marathe comments that it is better to... (full context)
Pre-Dawn, 1 May — Y.D.A.U. Outcropping Northwest of Tucson AZ U.S.A., Still. Steeply asks if Marathe has ever considered watching The Entertainment. First Marathe confirms that the A.F.R. have a “read-only”... (full context)
...man was once the picture of reason and self-discipline, but now resembles a “drug-addicted newborn.” Marathe admits that the A.F.R. have lost people, too. Steeply asks again if Marathe ever fantasizes... (full context)
...death Steeply and his family discovered that the notebooks were filled with an indecipherable code. Marathe says he can’t stay much longer, and that he would appreciate if Steeply left first.... (full context)