Essay title: The Sterile Cuckoo
The story divides in four main parts. Nichols writes about two years in which Jerry Payne’s life changes, by the power of his first love, as Amazon puts it: “we see Jerry Payne, the protagonist, flourish into an outgoing, and then mature individual” (Amazon – #2). The first part is when Jerry is at an Oklahoma Bus Station, there he meets a very unusual and outgoing girl, her name, Pookie; he at the beginning as being a shy person feels somewhat intimidated by her, they take the same bus and sit together. On the road, they were talking for a long time and he becomes more comfortable with her. At one point of the road, they have to take separate ways so she asks him for his address and then he takes again the bus and continues his way thinking about these crazy little girl he have just known.
The second part is when he is at college, his life at the fraternity house; but the most important of that part is when he finds her photo in a magazine, and decides to go with his friends to visit her. They arrive at her college making a noisy entrance, and after a little conflict and a breakfast, Jerry, his friends, Pookie and two friends of hers, go to a little road near a river, where Jerry and Pookie separate a while from the others. While they were alone, they talk about how have been their lives, at some moment, she asked him to kiss her, but he was a little hesitant and after a moment, they kissed. Then was when their relationship began, and suddenly, he was visiting her all the weekends, spending a lot of time together. After some months being like that, their relationship become more intimate, but he was not prepared for the next step; until a day in winter, they went to a cheap hotel in the road where they had sex for the first time, in a cold and tiny hotel room. The third part is in spring vacation; Jerry had to stay at the college because he had almost abandoned his studies, and had to deliver some papers.
Pookie decided to go with him; as anyone would be there, then it would not be problems because it is forbidden to be women living at the Fraternity house. They had an amazing week, in which the most important was that they were together; Jerry worked in his papers, and then they did several other things. A funny fact of that part is that once, they were making-out outside in the grass and were interrupted by some crows, so she decided to shot the crows.
She one night finally hit one of them; she went after it but something happened and she hurt her foot and it was bleeding and they had to call a doctor. The last part is when they go to New York City for the weekend; the things were going well but they had a little discussion when they were talking about having kids. They visited the city and they got drunk, at the other day she was upset with him, she was very upset to what had happened to their relationship, so they decided a pact; they would kill themselves. They would do it with pills, as they were about to take the pills, they began to fight again. Pookie accused Jerry of not caring about her, their situation or nothing, and she threw the pills through the window and shred the pact, they fought for a while and then they went to sleep. At the other day, she told him she would go home, they went to the train station, and stayed there waiting for Pookie’s train to leave; they were sit and Pookie was talking but Jerry fall asleep, when he waked up, Pookie had left. He never knew anything else from her until a year later when he received a letter from her telling him that she would kill herself, he searched in the newspapers but found nothing and kept wondering what had happened to her.
“Perhaps in the far far future I will most assuredly hear that she did not take her life, and has now become a famous writer…” (Nichols 222).What does one expect to happen to the protagonist as the story develops? As one reads about Jerry’s life, you notice that he has had a simple life almost a bit geeky, until Pookie appears. For example, he tells her he had been working at a scientific laboratory with an entomologist (Nichols 22). The ending is surprising indeed, because as a love story one would expect they would have a happy-ending, but it is not. As an Amazon customer describes, “In the end it's so real that.