|“||They reached a large old building on a row of boarded-up houses. The sign beside the door said IBIS AND JACQUEL. A FAMILY FIRM. FUNERAL PARLOR. SINCE 1863.||”|
Significance in narrative Edit
Shadow meets Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, who own a local funeral home in Cairo, Illinois. They let him stay with them and do some work for them as they owe Wednesday a favor. Ibis who explains that most funeral homes are large corporations because they make more profit. In order to appeal to the public, however, they keep the name and employees of the smaller funeral homes they purchase.
Shadow watches Mr. Jacquel as he performs an autopsy on a murdered young girl. He does it professionally and slowly, but respectfully eats small pieces of her heart, liver, and kidney as he is performing the procedure. Ibis asks Shadow if he minds sleeping under the same roof as corpses and Shadow responds that it's fine as long as they stay dead. Ibis explains that it's very difficult to bring the dead back to life in their bodies, but that it used to be easier in ancient Egypt.
When Shadow is arrested by Mulligan in Lakeside, he lets Shadow use his phone and Shadow calls Ibis and Jacquel Funeral Parlor. Mr. Ibis answers and Shadow asks him to track down Wednesday. Bast comes on the phone next and tells him to take care. Ibis tells Shadow he can't get a hold of Wednesday but he left a message with Mr. Nancy and wishes him luck.
Notes and trivia Edit
- Set and Horus used to live in there, but the former left to explore two hundred years prior to the events of the book (last heard from in San Francisco in 1906), while Shadow formally meets Horus later in the story.