Having addressed the transportation issue and reconstructed the changes from the first trip, we can continue examining effects Gil has on the past in his subsequent trips.
The second time he boards the car, Hemingway is in it, and it takes him directly to Gertrude Stein, where he also meets Pablo Picasso and the girl, Adriana. Gertrude reads aloud the opening words of his novel, which all hear and Adriana immediately praises because she, too, believes in a “Golden Age” in the past, which for her is the 1890s.
He leaves the book there and returns to the future. He never returns for the book in this history. Gertrude Stein will finish reading it, and she and Hemingway will wonder what became of Gil Pender, whose novel was an interesting twist on science fiction but needed a bit of work.
At issue is whether having read the novel Stein will have changed in her thinking in some way that influences her reactions to writing she reads in the future. Will she compare the works of other writers to this unpublished novel by an unknown and now untraceable Gil Pender?
Beyond that, several others were present. Did the words influence Hemingway, such that one of his as yet unwritten books will draw on the notion of someone trying to recapture the past? Will there be a new painting by Picasso, or a change in an existing one, or perhaps a shift in his style, and if so will it influence other surrealist artists? We know that it had an impact on Adriana, and she has a penchant for attracting and influencing famous artistic men. Modigliani, Braque, and Picasso have already been her lovers, and Hemingway has taken an interest in her. Who will she influence, and will the impact of those words, as they caused her understanding of her own interest in the past to coalesce, change the effect of her influence? She already leans in the direction of a love of the past, and she already influences the artistic and literary society of the world.
It is not certain that change has not happened. Most dramatically, though, it must be after this trip that Adriana makes the note in her diary that she has fallen in love with him. His next trip is the one on which he casually mentions his fiance, and she leaves him, and so she would not have written it after that. It must have been while chatting in Stein’s sitting room that she fell in love. That’s further problematic, because it is going to change her relationship with Picasso (her current lover). Perhaps she did not before this realize that she was not in love with any of her lovers, or perhaps she thought it something that would never happen to her, or even a romantic fantasy that never really happened to anyone. Suddenly she is in love with someone she only just met, whom in this timeline she will never see again, and all she will ever have is those words in that book.
That, though, leads to another issue.