A year later and Jack is in prison for debt and arson. He got 20 years. He ignores the letters of his angry old wife. His only visitor is faithful Grace, and he also ignores her; frequently telling her to leave him alone. Her eyes swell at the sight and sound of him because she knows that this time she cannot help. She places one hand on the Perspex shield that separates them expecting Jack to finally correspond, but he just sits there with a solemn face; his mind wandering as he smiles openly at nothing and at nobody. Grace asks him if he’s alright and Jack just breaks into intermittent laughter, like a madman. He says inmates and prison guards demand money from him. He laughs again but Grace cries. Jack begins to chuckle erratically but suddenly narrows his brow as he meets Grace’s pupils. For the first time he looks at her; Grace realises Jack is slipping away. She examines him, covering every feature of his face and could not escape the black growths around his nose. Jack says the inmate that shares his cell is writing a book on how to solve his debt and restore his wealth. Grace knows that he’s alone in his cell, and then reluctantly walks off at the sound of the buzzer. She looks back at an empty chair.
Jack’s wife had divorced him five years ago on grounds of lunacy, deceit and adultery. Never consummating the marriage was grounds alone, but adultery would break all financial ties and enable a quick annulment. She had an expensive lawyer which made the process both swift and painless. She had left him in jail; left him with nothing. All the fancy cars, all the parties, the luxury apartment overlooking the Barracks had vanished. For months he sat in solitude until one day in the community room a prisoner grabbed one of his colouring pencils. The rage within Jack burned the very core of his soul. Hot and flustered he lashed out like a demon, grabbed the pencil back and stabbed the prisoner dead centre in the eye. A blood-covered body danced in pain, overshadowed by Jack’s erratic laughter. Since that day he was known as the joker amongst the other prisoners, and guards. One guard restrained him. The other grimaced at the growth around his nose, and turned in disgust before cuffing him. He was then sent into solitary.