Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

by

David Foster Wallace

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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:
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). 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.

Related Characters: Hugh / Helen Steeply (speaker), Rémy Marathe
Related Symbols: The Entertainment, Substances
Page Number: 507
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Rémy Marathe Character Timeline in Infinite Jest

The timeline below shows where the character Rémy Marathe appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
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30 April — Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment. Rémy Marathe sits alone in his wheelchair watching the sun set in a suburb of Tucson, Arizona.... (full context)
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Steeply wears women’s clothing and prosthetic breasts. Marathe was originally supposed to pretend to betray A.F.R. to Steeply in order to secure medical... (full context)
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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)
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Steeply tells Marathe that the Office of Unspecified Services knows Marathe is acting as a “quadruple” agent, and... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...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)
Chapter 20
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...Steeply points out that Boston is the home of the creator of the Entertainment, and Marathe replies that it is also the city nearest to the Great Concavity and Québec. Marathe... (full context)
Chapter 41
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30 April / 1 May Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment. Marathe suggests to Steeply that Canadians are not the real threat, considering that the Entertainment was... (full context)
Chapter 46
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30 April / 1 May Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment. Marathe and Steeply remain on the mountainside. They both refuse to discuss how they are going... (full context)
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Marathe and Steeply have a philosophical debate involving a hypothetical single serving of soup that two... (full context)
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Again, Marathe asks how A.F.R. could be blamed for harming the U.S. simply by making the Entertainment... (full context)
Chapter 50
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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)
Chapter 51
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...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)
Chapter 53
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Pre-Dawn and Dawn, 1 May Y.D.A.U. Outcropping Northwest of Tucson AZ U.S.A., Still. Marathe and Steeply discuss an “Oriental myth” about a woman with blonde hair all over her... (full context)
Chapter 60
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...a sort of entertainment” at one point in his life—the TV show M*A*S*H*. He tells Marathe that his father at first just liked the show, but after a while he developed... (full context)
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...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)
Chapter 69
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Rémy Marathe is sitting in Ennet House wearing a veil. It is hot and crowded in the... (full context)
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Back in the main narrative, a man approaches Marathe and asks if he is “real.” Confused, Marathe insists that he is Swiss. The man... (full context)
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At Ennet House, Marathe has a meeting with Pat Montesian. He claims to be a Swiss “resident alien” heroin... (full context)
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Marathe is unsure if he should accept Pat’s offer and stay here, thereby preserving the illusion... (full context)
Chapter 70
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Rémy Marathe is speaking to Kate, who expresses disbelief that she is drinking. They are sitting in... (full context)
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Marathe talks about a time in his life when he was suicidal, completely despondent and immersed... (full context)
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It was at this point that Marathe realized he did love Gertraude. Kate objects to this twist in the story, saying that... (full context)
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Kate becomes increasingly coherent; she mocks Marathe’s accent and admits that she’s only had sex twice. Eventually she stops responding to him... (full context)
Chapter 72
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19 November Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment. Marathe and the other A.F.R. members cannot track down Joelle. They decide it won’t be possible... (full context)