In the second episode of “Interview with the Vampire,” Louis undergoes training to become a vampire. The title, “After the Phantoms of Your Former Self,” is quite apt, considering Louis's struggle to keep his human connections in spite of Lestat's cautions that vampires and human business do not mix.
We rejoin Daniel Molloy and Louis de Pointe du Lac in 2022 for the official interview's second half. Louis extends an invitation to Daniel to join him for a lavish seven-course meal. Louis clearly enjoys the finer things in life, as seen by his penchant for sumptuous furnishings, priceless artwork, and an army of staff to prepare and serve each and every meal. How much of that may be attributed to Lestat de Lioncourt is a mystery.
Louis's life eventually begins to spin out of control after that. He realises he must return home, but getting there during the day will be impossible. Louis becomes terribly sunburned and has to make his way back to Lestat's after the sun revitalises everything but vampires.
After a few rough patches, Louis is starting to settle into his new role as he diligently maintains his evening persona. It's not that shocking, given that he's already a wealthy businessman who owns a string of Pleasure Palaces. Louis, on the other hand, will be in a far more advantageous position this time around.
Lestat teaches Louis how to read thoughts, but warns him that his talent is useless around humans.
As a result of Louis's actions, a prominent citizen of the town is dead, and Lestat is not pleased. The body is burned, yet he cautions Louis to exercise restraint in the future. Lestat gives in since he doesn't want to go to bed angry with them both.
As a gesture of restitution, he says he'll lend a hand when he buys the Fair Play Saloon. Louis pays his employees significantly more than he did previously, and he racks up a massive fortune between 1912 and 1917. However, there is a cost to this achievement.
The greatest sacrifice, though, will be made by his loved ones at home, most notably Grace, who will have to watch her children grow up without him. In addition, once Louis pays Grace a visit and is left alone with the babe, he quickly returns to Lestat because he can't stand the thought of being away from the babe's boiling blood.
Lestat proposes they relax by watching an opera together. There, Lestat finds himself grooving to the tunes… the tenor playing Ernesto ruins Lestat's good mood. Louis relates that the man died in the rafters, where he continues to fume. The episode ends with Louis revealing that he could hear the man thinking while Lestat slowly strangled him to death.
Analysis of This Episode
The second episode of Interview with the Vampire concludes with a more sedate chapter that focuses on Louis's newfound abilities and emotions as a vampire.
This chapter serves as a form of initiation for Louis, with Lestat showing him the ropes and so shedding light on his predicament and the realities of vampire life.
However, beyond that, the story doesn't really advance. I'm sure the upcoming chapters will make up for it, but as it stands, Interview with the Vampire only prepares the reader for the next week's much more dramatic chapter.
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