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Unformatted text preview: nature’ as a doctor. Jack later states that as he speaks with Mabel by the fire. If you have ever been near a pond when the wind is not blowing and there is nobody around to disturb it, you know how calm and flat the water is. When the two soon-to-be ‘lovers’ enter the pond they cause ripples. As these ripples meet each other and intertwine so do the lives of Jack and Mabel. Lawrence tells us, “He was afraid of pitching with his mouth underneath. He could not swim, and was afraid.”(188) Through this we can observe how Jack later reacts to Mabel’s proposal that he loves her. He has never been in love, as he cannot swim, and is afraid of opening up his heart to love her, as he is afraid of drowning. When Jack finally grasps Mabel and drags her to the shore he carries her home. Even though every step he takes will be his last, and that he can go no further, he somehow makes it back to the house. His love for Mabel gave him this strength....
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- Spring '08
- Interpersonal relationship, Mabel