The Story Ends at Night

We’re here, my faithful readers! We have arrived at the end of the novel. This third part shows Alex’s life after he leaves the prison and shows how well he can adjust to his new lifestyle. There’s only about 70 pages left, and I have no idea what I’ll do after I finish them.

Alex leaves the jail wearing the same outfit from two years ago. Of course, the public was interested in his story and he participated in a few interviews and photo sessions. Alex is hungry so he does what any hungry person would do and finds some food. At the cafe he chooses, there’s a small man selling newspapers, and Alex viddies something right interesting on it: him. There’s an article about the “first graduate from the new State Institution for Reclamation of Criminal Types.”

Alex leaves the cafe and decides to head home. After all, it is the only real place that’ll accept him, right? Wrong. Alex comes back home to find that his parents have rented out his room to strangers, this one in particular being fat. Alex’s parents didn’t even know he was released. They assume he escapes. Alex tries to reclaim his room, but it’s no longer his. There’s not a trace of what was or has ever been, for the police confiscated everything and sold it to feed the dozens of cats the one old lady had. (That is super dumb, just by the way.) With Joe, the lodger, still throwing out filthy slovos at Alex, Alex decides he has enough of this and responds back to Joe. This makes Alex feel sick, as anything violent will. Alex starts to cry. His dad tries to explain everything as respectfully as he can, but Joe is there making things worse. “Nobody wants or loves me.” I feel like we’re gonna be seeing much more of that soon. Alex heads out the door, determined to not see his parents again.

Alex heads to his old music store and finds it overrun by teenagers listening to their garbage pop music. He requests to listen to Mozart’s Symphony Number Forty in G Minor, but the teenage veck puts on Mozart Prague. Instantly, Alex is reminded of the films he watched that featured classical music. Alex runs out of the store and stumbles into the Korova Milkbar. He orders the moloko plus, large and starts seeing some things. A group of statues depicting God and his angels. Alex is on cloud nine when the trip starts to take a turn. He becomes convinced that death was the only way out. Of course, he can’t bring himself to slice his own body with his favorite cut-throat britva, since it would be a violent act. Alex is determined to end his own life, however. He goes to the library in an attempt to find a book on painless suicide. He doesn’t find anything, but the one old man who Alex and his ex-droogs beat up two years prior find him. All the old people in the library gang up on Alex until an attendant steps in and calls the cops.

The police arrive and Alex is grateful for a moment. The millicents drive back the old people and talk to Alex for a bit. The officer is Dim, and another one is Billyboy. Two of Alex’s rivals are now police officers. The third officer is named Rex, but he’s a new character. Dim and Billyboy decide to blame this incident on Alex, and stuff him into the police car. Alex asks what happened to Pete and doesn’t get an answer. Then they arrive at nowhere. Alex, Dim, and Billyboy get out of the car while Rex reads a book. Alex decides not to detail what precisely happens, but it’s very evident that Dim and Billyboy give him the old ultra-violence. They depart and leave Alex alone in the cold, dark, winter night. He begins to walk.

Alex arrives at a house and knocks on the door for some help. He waits a bit and a man comes at the door. Alex being visibly beaten and torn, he asks for help and the man complies. Alex recognizes this house as the infamous house break-in from earlier in the novel. I wonder if all of Alex’s demons are going to come back to him. Of course, the old man doesn’t recognize Alex. The man gets Alex something warm to drink, runs him a bath, and cooks him some food. The old man recognizes Alex from the newspaper, and says it was God who brought him here. He asks Alex about his life, and is eager to know the details of what brought Alex to this point in life. And Alex delivers on his life story. The old man gives his thoughts on all of it. He calls it a real sin and notes that Alex has no choice but to be good now. Just like the prison chaplain, Alex notes.

The man was still drying the same plate, so Alex told him that he was. Then it hits. The man tells about how his wife was brutally beaten and raped years ago and that the shock from it killed her to the man who did it. Alex feels sick, and he’s told that there’s a guest room he can sleep in for the night.

Alex gets a good night’s sleep and wakes up wanting to know this man’s name. His name is F. Alexander, and he’s been making some phone calls to help out Alex and himself. He wants to use Alex as a testimony and evidence against the government. F. Alexander wants to help prevent the government form getting re-elected since it is evil. Alex wonders what F. Alexander has to gain from all of this, and I think what he says is rather good. “‘Some of us have to fight. There are great traditions of liberty to defend. I am no partisan man. Where I see the infamy I seek to erase it. Party names mean nothing. The tradition of liberty means all. The common people will let it go, oh yes. They will sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be prodded, prodded-‘.” Some more people arrive, probably to get their own interviews from Alex or to help contribute to this liberty revolution. Alex is still wondering what he’ll get from this publications and whatnot, and no one has a real answer for him. Meanwhile, F. Alexander is catching on to the fact that it was Alex who was responsible for the death of his wife. Alex wants to leave immediately, but when he tries to force his way out of the house, he feels sick. Alex reluctantly agrees to go with the revolutionaries. They bring him to a house, where they would take care of him, and Alex catches wind of some more classical music. His sickness comes back, and he has no escape from the music. Alex sees an opportunity and takes it. He jumps out of the window, hoping to end it all.

But he doesn’t die.

Alex gets rushed off to the hospital, where the three revolutionaries are waiting for him to wake up. Alex calls them out on their trickery. This is the problem with most revolutions. These three people were willing to sacrifice Alex just so they can get someone else elected. They didn’t care about Alex and his life, they only cared about their own political agenda. The nurse removes them from the room and Alex falls asleep again. When he wakes up his parents are there. They’ve come to offer him his place in the house back. Apparently Joe had gotten into trouble with the millicents. And now, something strange happens. Alex threatens his mother and doesn’t feel sick. I’m sure he noticed this, but it would seem that Alex is back to normal. The torture somehow became undone by Alex attempting to kill himself. Maybe it was caused by brain damage? Or maybe not, since it seems that the government has come in and fixed his head. Alex got cured, according to the minister of interior. He wants Alex to consider them as friends now that he’s cured. Also, F. Alexander has been arrested since he was trying to kill Alex (he finally connected the dots, it would seem.) The minister leaves Alex to listen to the ninth symphony and be glad that he is cured. The revolutionaries who wanted to exploit Alex for political gain (classic liberal move) have been stumped.

Alex, Len, Rick, and Bully sit at the Korova Milkbar, ready for a nochy of ultra-violence. Alex is the leader of his new droogs, supplying all the ideas. Every now and then, though, Alex lets his new droogs decide what they’ll do. Alex no longer gives drinks to the old women, and he no longer feels the same. He tells his droogs to continue on for the night without him. Alex leaves on his lonesome to carry out the rest of his night. There are cops and patrol cars littering the streets. It seems that Alex has also expanded his taste in music a bit. After walking for a bit, Alex runs into Pete who is with his new wife. It seems that of the four of them, Pete is living the best life. They were on their way to a party. Alex bids his old droogie farewell and heads back home. Alex feels that he is growing up and has no more taste for ultra-violence. It is the end of A Clockwork Orange, and the end of our littler journey together.

The end. I have no idea what I’ll be doing with this blog anymore. Now that I’ve finished the one goal I’ve set out to do, I have no other real plans for this. Mayhaps it will be of use to one malchick or devotchka one day. Until then readers, this will be all. Goodbye

Edit: so I accidentally set this blog post to go up a year from now. Not sure how I did it, but I’ve fixed it so that it should be up. My bad. This time it’s for real. Goodbye once again.

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