Normally I feel quite awkward when it comes to talking about subjects related to sex, but I enjoyed Yamashita’s description of it between Bobby and Rafaela in Chapter 45, page 254.
I feel like the purpose of this scene was to show something where Bobby and Rafaela could meet each other somewhere in the middle, and then show how the “ephemeral embrace” doesn’t change one or the other’s view of the world and life. A couple lines on page 254 stood out to me the most: “They straddled the line–a slender endless serpent of a line–one peering into a private world of dreams and metaphysics, the other into a public place of politics and power. One peering into a magical world, the other peering into a virtual one.”
As we already know, Bobby and Rafaela look at the world in two different ways. Bobby is the one with the eye that focuses on the “virtual” world, while Rafaela is in tune with the “magical” one. Even though they may disagree on a lot of things, they still love each other. I believe that this is another way to look at what happens on page 254.
I enjoy that this was sex that meant something; a physical bonding experience between two people who love each other. After alternating between missing each other and thinking about the other’s annoying flaws, they finally come together and remind each other how much they love each other, even if they are bound to disagree again.
Besides that, after the awful thing that was done to her, I was happy that Rafaela finally saw Bobby again. I feel like whatever personal security she lost from being raped was regained from his presence.