Juli Kearns (Kansas based artist) on the above scenes: When Jack
dances away from the bar in the Gold Room, a woman with a single white feather headdress, wearing a gold dress, enters from
the right. She “doubles” the woman with the white feather who had passed earlier when the subject of who was paying
for the drinks came up.
We see on the bottom rear of her dress a seeming red crown or
hand print as if someone had patted her bottom. I pick this out as being significant as later, with the scene of the individual
in the “bear” costume, the bottom is cut out revealing his rear, much like a drop seat. The hand design on the
seat of her dress also takes me back to Danny’s strangling and the marks on his neck.
This woman’s sole purpose here seems to be to nearly collide
with a waiter, so oblivious that she seems not at all to realize the waiter is there, which in a domino effect knocks the
waiter into Jack in his effort to avoid her. Spilling his tray on Jack, the waiter then apologizes profusely for making a
mess of Jack’s jacket by spilling the tray of advocaat drinks on it. The liquid is a bright yellow and we see that the
two spots it leaves on the white paper on the silver tray look distinctly like the eggs served to Jack, by Wendy, in the “A
Month Later” section.
To the rear in that scene, on the bed, had been a wood inlay
design in the headboard of the bed, the feminine aspects of which were amplified with the crossfade to the next scene of Jack
playing handball in the Colorado Lounge. An echo of this figure had been seen in the figure above Bill Watson during the interview
and carried over into the painting of the woman facing Dick’s bed. May the figure also reference the woman in this scene
who causes the spilling of the advocaat on Jack?
The waiter beckons Jack to the bathroom where they can wash
off the jacket as the advocaat (advocate?) tends to stain. Jack points out that “Jeeves” has gotten a spot on
his own jacket and Jeeves protests that Jack’s the important one. Jack pats Jeeves on the back and leaves a hand print
on the back of his left shoulder, so it would seem the mark on the woman’s dress was intended to be a red hand print.
The woman goes around the bar and disappears, and now “Jeeves”
himself leads Jack to the end of the bar, where we now see between it and a large curtain two doors with a sign between identifying
this as a toilet and powder room entrance. This would appear to be where the woman had gone. As they move toward these doors
various surrounding people steal glances at them, and there’s one older woman at a table near the door who catches the
eye though she’s a background presence. She stares with particular emphasis, her style different from the others as
she has long hair that she is wearing down in a way not seen on any of the other women, not highly styled, perhaps having
long hair about the length of the older woman whom Jack had found himself embracing in the bath. Seated with two much younger
men and a younger woman, she intently focuses on Jack as he passes, and I do believe she is the older woman whom Jack had
found himself embracing in room 237.
Jack and Grady enter through the right door into a little foyer
that extends, it seems, far enough to the left that the second door also would open on it. We see on the wall a red rug (?)
with a black and red open diamond pattern, very distinctive, and will be observed again later near an exit/entrance in the
hotel that has yet to be seen.
When we see Jack and Grady enter the entry to the toilets/powder
room, Jack goes right once inside as Grady steps out of his way to the left. Cut to then Jack holding a 2nd door for Grady,
then they pass through a third into the red bathroom. According to these turns, the bathroom would then actually cross back
over the body of the bar. Then, in the bathroom, Jack puts down his bourbon and Advocaat in the approximate location where
it was spilled out in the gold room.
In essence, Jack and Grady have made a circle formation with their
movements. This long bar is also to be compared with the long reception desk in the lobby, and when that parallel is drawn
we realize that Dick Halloran is killed in the area (though in the lobby) where the Advocaat was spilled in coincidence with
the woman with the white feather headdress and the red seeming hand mark on her bottom colliding with Grady and knocking him
into Jack. And it is also the same area where Jack places down that glass of bourbon and Advocaat in the bathroom.
advocate is someone who is called upon as to advise, to counsel. Here, in the bathroom, Grady is about to give Jack counsel.
As the waiter sponges off Jack in the bright red and white bathroom, Jack standing in a posture very like standard crucifixion
images (Christ is called an advocate, an intercessor), asks the waiter what they call him and the waiter says they call him
Delbert Grady. Ullman mentioned a caretaker called Charles and not Delbert (King mentions Delbert, not Charles). Charles comes
from the Old German meaning “free man”, similar to the Old English “churl” which means “man”
or “serf”. Delbert Grady would seem to be a man who has lost his freedom.