“She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.”
Actually, the photographs are spaced ten years apart, not sixteen.
1912 to 1922.
The young, homeless (but no less dapper) wanderer shown in the first survived the sinking of the Titanic and swam to the shores of West Egg. There he built a life and a large, empty house, in an effort to win the heart of the wealthy, upper class woman he’d fallen in love with a decade earlier and had been separated from against his will.
He shed his earlier identity, and changed his name to reflect his new station. Jack was now known as Jay Gatsby, the eccentric millionaire who threw parties every night in the hopes that one day his love would show up and spin with him as they had long ago in the dance hall of the lower decks.
And then, at the beginning of Inception, he starts out washed up on a shore.
still no oscar
wHERES HIS OSCAR
“Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.”
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
I have kept my yearly vigil in honour of the memory of those who perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
Requiescat in pace, you are not forgotten.
“There was peace and the world had an even tenor to it’s way. Nothing was revealed in the morning the trend of which was not known the night before. It seems to me that the disaster about to occur was the event that not only made the world rub its eyes and awake but woke it with a start keeping it moving at a rapidly accelerating pace ever since with less and less peace, satisfaction and happiness. To my mind the world of today awoke April 15th, 1912.”
-Jack B. Thayer, Titanic Survivor
Quigg Edmond Baxter (1887-1912)
Quigg was an excellent athlete, known specifically for football and hockey, and even playing for the Montreal Shamrocks. In 1907, he took a blow from a hockey stick and lost sight in one eye. Though he could no longer play, he coached and organized the first international hockey tournament in Paris.
In the winter of 1911, Quigg traveled to Europe with his mother and sister. While in Brussels, he met and fell in love with Berthe Mayne, a cabaret singer, and the two began having a secret affair. His mother booked two adjoining staterooms (B58 and B60) in first class aboard the Titanic for herself and her two children. Determined to bring Berthe back to Canada with him, Quigg booked her a room (C90) under an assumed name, one deck below.
On the night of the sinking, Quigg was told by Bruce Ismay to take his family to the lifeboats. Quigg carried his mother up the Grand Staircase and made sure she and his sister were secured in lifeboat 6. He returned with Berthe (who didn’t want to get into the boat without him), introduced her to his family, and asked that they take good care of her.
His last words to them were, “Goodbye, keep your spirits up everyone!” Quigg waved goodbye and perished in the sinking, his body was never recovered.
Leonardo DiCaprio tried to make fun of his character with the line “I will just wait here”, when in fact this line was not originally scripted. James Cameron said that the line was “Too funny” to ignore it.