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Unformatted text preview: Jack's marriage to Lois Seager confirms this and other aspects of his character. He knows why he married her: she was very good-looking and a very good bed partner. In contrast, he does not know why she married him. He suspects that the name Burden had a great deal to do with it, since she was socially ambitious. He mentions the possibility that she might have loved him, but he doesn't really believe it. Indeed, he seems to believe that no one could love him; this could well be a consequence of the abandonment he felt and still feels after his father left, and his mother remarried, and he was sent off to boarding school. Jack's relationship with Lois seems fine as long as he can depersonalize her. That is, he is quite satisfied with being married to her as long as he can think of her as being only a body or as being only a machine whose primary function is sex. When he finds himself thinking of her as a person, he only a machine whose primary function is sex....
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- Fall '08