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Jessica Miriam Reeves or Jesse Reeves was a witch and later Vampire who is In the novel, Jesse meets Lestat for the first time at his San Francisco concert. Consequentially, Jesse was removed from the investigation, and it was not until the release of Lestat's The Vampire Lestat that the fire in her to know more about . Jessica "Jesse" Miriam Reeves is a fictional character in The Vampire Chronicles universe At the concert in San Francisco Jesse managed to get up on stage, where she threw herself at Lestat. By doing this she got her suspicions confirmed: .
David admits that he's one hundred percent healthy and secure in the body and that he's had a few affairs, but not with much luck. Lestat then tells David what he's about to do to him and tells him that he's going to bring him over to him. Thus, indicating that Lestat is not playing around this time and that he really is going to do it. Lestat tells David that he won't let him die and that he's the only real friend that David has in this world.
During the first part of David's transformation, he at first he strongly resists Lestat's domineering, assaultive and verbal advances despite Lestat's warning not to fight him, but after a while he succumbs. Secretly though, Lestat really loves David fighting him. As this is happening, Lestat lets the readers in on his real emotions for David by thinking of David as having this scrumptious body with a very beautiful mind for 'his' beautiful friend and as 'his' beloved David.
Also during the first part Lestat asks David if he loves him. Soon after David admits his love for Lestat and Lestat says that he feels the same way for David. After having immortality forced upon him, David disappears again.
Lestat looks for him for a while, but upon having no luck he gives up and returns to New Orleans where to his surprise he finds that David has already contacted Louis.
David explains to Lestat that, in secret, this is what he always truly wanted. He tells Lestat that he is no longer angry with him, although he does usurp Lestat's position of leadership, despite the latter's protests. Having gotten rid of his old age, and now being immortal, David plans to visit Rio de Janeiro with Louis, and asks Lestat to join him.
At the end, Lestat also realizes that, despite all that happened, he is still alone, has failed to regain his "humanity", and has thrown away his only chance to make amends for his past misdeeds. David Talbot, in his occult fieldwork, has begun to understand the nature of the spirit world, and actually claims to have seen God and the Devil sitting and talking in a cafe.
In interviews after the book came out, Rice claimed that her own father's death helped to form the model for the relationship between Lestat and Talbot.
Rice had loved her father very much her mother died prematurely after succumbing to alcoholismand when he was dying, she wished as Lestat does with Talbot that she could somehow make him young again so that she wouldn't lose him. This could make Tale of the Body Thief the second of two Vampire Chronicle novels inspired by Rice's personal tragedies, the first being Interview with the Vampire which is denied by Rice.
Lestat's adjustment to his human body takes up a major portion of the book—after almost two centuries of being a vampire, he finds he has trouble with the basic human nuances of eating, defecating, and taking care of his body. One of the realizations made by Lestat is that he took his powers for granted for too long; only after his adventure is he able to fully appreciate his vampiric abilities.
Likewise, Lestat describes James as a devious and cunning opponent, a characterization he uses to justify how he was tricked. However, in reality, Raglan James is an extremely petty and predictable criminal who is constantly dropping clues as to his next move—at one point, Talbot refers to James as "a glorified purse snatcher".
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The novel is also ironic in the cues that it leaves behind. For example, one of the "hints" that Raglan James leaves Lestat is a copy of H.
Lovecraft 's short story, " The Thing on the Doorstep ". In the Lovecraft story, body-switching also takes place, and has an added twist when a third party gets involved without the narrator's knowledge.
Of course, most literature can be read so, but, it is interesting to see it in play in this particular story.
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Bearing this in mind, Lestat is, now, a bigger celebrity, than he ever could have been rocking out with The Vampire Lestat on stage. And, readers, all over, who coveted the affection, and the voice, and the seductive flirtations he ranted out on paper, now, find themselves vying for his affection.
Primarily, Anne Rice herself can be centred in this love-affair. Lestat is her creation, her imagining, her child. He can pander to everyone, but, primarily, he will always be hers.
The covetous nature of the relationship has been disbanded. Not just for Rice herself, but, for everyone, every reader, every lover that ever snuggled up to a book, alone, and read the words as if hearing his voice in their dark solitude for the first time.
And, the dissonace, can become deafening. People arguing with fury and crude language over the exact, described appearance of a beloved character, and how this changes from one to another.
Rabid fights break out with the same anonymity that a computer screen offers, and, some, quiet-minded victims, walk away hurt by the outrage. More so, people, take on these personas. Whether this is to cement their views, to take authority out of the hands of those that argue, or to smooth over their loneliness, none can say but the individuals themselves.First Lestat and Jesse meet
And what will ensue is a series of cryptic messages and hints and plot derivations, all intended to coax the reader into falling into the trap of a roleplayer. Roleplaying is a common form of escapism; a very acceptable means of coping with harsh realities, and even harsher unrealities. Because that is what it is. But, what about the soft souls that want to see their literary idols everywhere? The characters ARE real. On paper, and in the minds of readers, and in the pen and ink of their creator.
They may even exist by proxy in the words of fans emulating them. But where does the line get drawn, between adulation, and susceptible gullibility?
She was also born under a bad sign, and the beginnings of her life do not hint at the momentous path her life would follow later. Her mother was killed in an accident which should have taken her life as well, but by a miracle she was discovered by the wreckage and taken away, having been aborted from the womb of her seven months pregnant mother.
Little did she know it at the time, but her arrival at the hospital was met two weeks later with that of an immensely powerful creature, one of the most powerful in a world that contained far more power than she could ever imagine.
Maharet gave the child a name and sent her to live with distant relatives, Matthew and Maria Godwin. Maharet did not remain out of touch with Jesse as she was growing older.
If anything, she became a confidante and the two passed frequent letters between one another. The most noted of their discussions occurred when Jesse began to see people that could not have been there, and realised that she had telepathic gifts.
Maharet informed her that it was common for people in their family to experience these psychic oddities. However, further strangeness occurred in the presence of Maharet and her companion Mael, with whom Jesse had begun to fall in love. Only afterwards, had so many little things preyed on her mind. A secret, as she saw it.