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Exercises En Mtl
 

Exercises En Mtl

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    • Mark was born 32 years ago, at Ste-Justine Hospital. .
    • As a boy he was docile, timid.
    • His parents separated when he was three .
    • From that time his only memories are a dog barking,
    • and a bed coming out a window during the move .
    • One day he told his mother “I want a turtle”, and they got him a hamster .
    • He drowned it by accident in the bath.
    • He lived for a while with his grandparents.
    • He went to a public primary school and always got good marks.
    • At the same time his mother sent him to painting and drawing classes where he showed a natural talent.
    • At that time he drew a picture which he called “Morning”.
    • It showed everyone he knew at the moment they woke up.
    • He lived for half the week with his mother and the other half with his father.
    • He spent his holidays camping in Maine or with his grandparents in Florida .
    • When he was 11 he was selected in a competition for young artists
    • and spent three months in workshops with established painters.
    • He went to a private secondary school, he rebelled as a teenager,
    • always wore black and edited an anarchist magazine .
    • He had a girlfriend to whom he once told : “There’s nothing much to hope for in life”,
    • although deep down he thought the opposite.
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    • He left school before finishing.
    • He continued painting and little by little he got interested in installations and other forms of visual art.
    • He moved in with a girl who worked in a bookshop.
    • They didn’t get on well but didn’t separate.
    • He got work giving private painting classes in a cultural centre.
    • He broke up with the girl he was living with.
    • At 25 he got a scholarship to go to Italy
    • so for a few months he toured Europe, meeting people and seeing exhibitions.
    • When he got back he felt different, like a better person.
    • He got a tattoo on his right arm which said “No Fear”.
    • He went out with various girls and put on exhibitions of his works.
    • He began to work as an art director for various publications and from this he started to earn some money.
    • He lived in a comfortable apartment in Mile End with a dog called “Ketchup”.
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    • And then one morning his life changed completely.
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    • After work one day a group of masked men cornered him in the street and kidnapped him.
    • They locked him up in a dark cellar and for a month they beat him and raped him.
    • Try as he might, Mark could do nothing to stop them .
    • He thought they had him confused with someone else
    • but there was no way of reasoning with the kidnappers.
    • They only fed him so that they could continue beating and raping him.
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    • And so the weeks went by.
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    • Eventually they let him out, brought him to a place he didn’t know
    • and showed him, from a distance, a very pretty girl .
    • They said “Her name is Monica”.
    • They said “You are going to marry her”.
    • They introduced the pair and made them chat.
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    • A week later they were married in the registry office of the Palais de Justice.
    • Then the masked guys told him: “This will be your home”,
    • and they left him living with the girl in an apartment.
    • The one they’re in now.
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    • Every time he tries to leave the apartment, or the job they got him at a gym,
    • the masked guys take him back to the basement and beat him savagely and rape him.
    • The girl they’ve made him live with, Monica, is a very sweet girl,
    • she likes Chekhov and listens to Mahler.
    • She tells him she’s with him because she loves him
    • and appears to have nothing to do with the kidnappers.
    • One day he tells her “There are several masked men who beat the shit out of me”
    • and she looks at him like she doesn’t understand and then kisses him tenderly.
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    • Mark tries to communicate with his family and his friends,
    • but every time he tries they punish him again.
    • He abandons the idea of calling the police.
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    • So he has no alternative but to adapt to his new life, his house, his wife…
    • He only ever leaves here to go to work and then come home, while a car follows at a distance.
    • At the gym, as well as working, they make him train.
    • From the first day, they gave him a program of hardcore exercises that he had to complete.
    • If he didn’t, he’d be punished again.
    • He thought of killing himself, but at the end of the day his life isn’t so bad…
    • although it’s not the one he’d have chosen.
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    • He tried to find explanations for what’s happening, for why they’re doing this,
    • but deep down he feels there is no explanation. It’s happening because it’s happening.
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    • Little by little his former life, his painting, his classes, his family,
    • it all seems like a dream, something that never happened.
    • The tattoo which he still has on his arm is the only thing he’s kept from his past.
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    • He’s been here for two years already .
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    • Yesterday Monica suggested that they have a child, and he’s thinking of agreeing.
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    • Sometimes he’ll see on tv a show about painting,
    • or something that reminds him of his former life, and he’ll feel like a stranger.
    • Other than that, everything is normal.
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    • Whenever he has any doubts, he repeats to himself “Everything is normal, everything’s sufficiently normal”.
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    • In the morning, the sunlight in the apartment is gorgeous.
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