The Beautiful and Damned

by

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Joseph Bloeckman Character Analysis

Gloria’s most serious suitor besides Anthony. Bloeckman works in the film industry, and Gloria maintains tenuous connections to him after she is married, partly because she is interested in acting and partly because she knows it makes Anthony jealous. Anthony drunkenly tries to confront Bloeckman after Gloria finally auditions for one of his contacts and finds out she is too old to be a leading lady. The encounter ends with Bloeckman throwing Anthony out on the street. Although Bloeckman initially thinks that Gloria’s choice of husband means he has lost to Anthony, this final encounter raises the question of who between them is the actual victor.

Joseph Bloeckman Quotes in The Beautiful and Damned

The The Beautiful and Damned quotes below are all either spoken by Joseph Bloeckman or refer to Joseph Bloeckman. 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 Vintage edition of The Beautiful and Damned published in 1922.
Chapter 5 Quotes

In a moment he would call Tana and they would pour into themselves a gay and delicate poison which would restore them momentarily to the pleasurable excitement of childhood, when every face in a crowd had carried its suggestion of splendid and significant transactions taking place somewhere to some magnificent and illimitable purpose…Life was no more than this summer afternoon; a faint wind stirring the lace collar of Gloria’s dress, the slow baking drowsiness of the veranda…Intolerably unmoved they all seemed, removed from any romantic imminency of action. Even Gloria’s beauty needed wild emotions, needed poignancy, needed death…

Page Number: 184-5
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Chapter 8 Quotes

This was her twenty-ninth birthday, and the world was melting away before her eyes…

“Oh, my pretty face,” she whispered, passionately grieving. “Oh, my pretty face! Oh, I don’t want to live without my pretty face! Oh, what’s happened?”

Then she slid toward the mirror and, as in the test, sprawled face downward upon the floor – and lay there sobbing. It was the first awkward movement she had ever made.

Related Characters: Gloria Gilbert (speaker), Anthony Patch, Joseph Bloeckman
Page Number: 349
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Chapter 9 Quotes

For a moment he did not doubt that the whole project was entirely natural and graceful. To his distorted imagination Bloeckman had become simply one of his old friends.

Related Characters: Anthony Patch, Joseph Bloeckman
Page Number: 375
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Joseph Bloeckman Character Timeline in The Beautiful and Damned

The timeline below shows where the character Joseph Bloeckman appears in The Beautiful and Damned. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...level. Just as he begins to wonder why Gloria has been spending time with Joseph Bloeckman, Muriel Kane, and Rachael Jerryl, the door opens, and Gloria walks in with the latter... (full context)
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...to invite everyone to a party, at which she promises to introduce Dick to Joseph Bloeckman. (full context)
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...and her friends takes place at the Biltmore. Before Gloria, Muriel, or Rachael arrive, Joseph Bloeckman commands the attention of the room. At 35, he is socially disconnected from Anthony, Dick,... (full context)
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As soon as Gloria and Rachael reemerge, everyone begins dancing except for Bloeckman, who sits at a table and hopes for Gloria to rejoin him “on his left... (full context)
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...everyone returns to the table. Gloria complains that “Blockhead” never dances. She frequently puns on Bloeckman’s name like this. Muriel comments that he must think the rest of them a frivolous... (full context)
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...to the orchestra. All but Richard and Rachael drink champagne, and all but Gloria and Bloeckman dance. Anthony watches Gloria as she listens to Bloeckman and watches the dancers. He wonders... (full context)
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...asks Gloria where she has been. Gloria tells her she went to call her mother. Bloeckman, meanwhile, fixes Anthony with a strange glance. When Gloria goes by, Bloeckman rises and then... (full context)
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...come up in the first place and only refused out of propriety. Anthony inquires about Bloeckman and whether he is in love with Gloria. Gloria tells Anthony that Bloeckman doesn’t like... (full context)
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...with his hunger. He revels in the intense jealousy that makes him want to kill Bloeckman, taking it as a sign that he is finally in love. (full context)
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...sees Gloria walking with a strange man, and one in which he runs into Joseph Bloeckman waiting for Gloria in a restaurant. In the fifth week, Anthony gives in and calls... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...says she has a mind like his, which is genderless. Gloria tells Anthony about meeting Bloeckman the first time when he was having luncheon with her father. He asked her to... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...entail separation from Gloria. On the train on the way home, Anthony runs into Joseph Bloeckman, who looks more dignified than he did a year ago. They discuss the adaptation of... (full context)
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Joseph Bloeckman appears unannounced at the house one day. While he and Gloria discuss setting up a... (full context)
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...making a typewriter out of odds and ends. Tana says that Gloria is out with Bloeckman. Furious, Anthony plans what he will say in his outburst upon her return and even... (full context)
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...the countryside as they pass through it. Gloria interrupts his thoughts by wondering aloud where Bloeckman has been over the summer. (full context)
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Bloeckman pays Gloria a few more visits. Anthony is outraged by the idea of Gloria becoming... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...She keeps thinking that she will be twenty-nine in February. She decides to go see Bloeckman the following day to audition for a movie. The next day, she collapses on her... (full context)
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In February, a week before her birthday, Gloria calls Joseph Bloeckman to schedule a screen test. She finds that he has changed his name to Joseph... (full context)
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...be delivered. Arriving eagerly at home at the that hour, she finds a letter from Bloeckman informing her that the director wants a younger actress for the part of the flapper.... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...a loan. There seems to be a problem with asking each candidate. When Anthony suggests Bloeckman, Gloria tells him about the fiasco of the screen test. Anthony exclaims that it was... (full context)
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...a phone call. He calls the operator to find out where he might find Joseph Bloeckman, now Black. (full context)
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Anthony finds Bloeckman at a dancing club. He attempts to confront Bloeckman about Gloria’s film rejection. Surmising that... (full context)