Rubyfruit Jungle | Study Guide

Rita Mae Brown

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Rubyfruit Jungle | Book 4, Chapter 18 | Summary

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Professor Walgren lets Molly know how angry he is about her absconding with the film equipment. But there is no way he can punish her. When project night arrives, Molly sees her film will be the last one shown. Not many people are left to watch it by then, and it is received in absolute silence. Professor Walgren thinks of saying something as he leaves, but he too decides to remain silent. The film is a flop, its value lost amid gang rapes and other "pornoviolence" in fashion among film students at that time.

Molly graduates with highest honors, first in her class, but she has no luck finding a job she wants. Her film is received by movie companies the same way it was received at the school. She is disappointed but not crushed. The novel ends with her promise: "One way or another I'll make these movies and I don't feel like having to fight until I'm fifty. But if it does take that long then watch out world because I'm going to be the hottest fifty-year-old this side of the Mississippi."

Analysis

In a way, the end of the novel seems anticlimactic. An unusual sense of calm seems to have settled over Molly's spirit. She's done the hard work and reached her goal. Yet the reward is not waiting for her. She feels the bitterness of many people her age, "raging down the streets in protest." She longs for the days of optimism she felt as a child and wishes "the world would let me be myself." Yet readers should feel sure her spunk will soon be back in full force. Molly Bolt is not about to give up on her dreams.

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