This, the 4th chapter of The Human Stain, describes Zuckerman sitting outside of Coleman’s house after several unanswered calls (and we cannot help but compare this behavior to Les’s who is out there as well). When he sees Coleman and Faunia out, meeting her for only the second time, he seems sad when he realizes that this insular couple will not be joining him at an inn for dinner. He concludes the section by writing, “[o]nly some three months later, when I learned the secret and began this book–the book he had asked me to write in the first place, but written not necessarily as he wanted it–did I understand the underpinning of the pact between them: he had told her his whole story. Faunia alone knew how Coleman Silk had come into being himself. How do I know she knew? I don’t. I couldn’t know that either. I can’t know. Now that they’re dead, nobody can know…” pg 213.
Should we read Zukerman as jealous of Faunia and/or of Faunia and Coleman’s relationship ( remember that he has cut himself off from society and is impotent)? What effect might this have on the narrative that we receive ( his depiction of Faunia, who he barely knows, for instance)?