Norman Bombardini

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Norman Bombardini is the owner of the building where Lenore and Rick Vigorous work. His wife has left him because of his weight problems. In the way he deals with this, he demonstrates the Self and Other theme of The Broom of the System in a scene in which he orders and consumes nine steaks, justifying his actions to Rick and Lenore by saying he hopes to grow to infinite size and thus eliminate the "other" element of reality. In the McCaffery Interview, Wallace explains that "Norman's gag is that he literalizes the option of "expanding the self" and "eliminat[ing] loneliness that way."