To a certain extent at least, Jack Burden can be described as being a "frozen" personality. That is, most of his attitudes and perceptions are frozen into a mold created when he was six years old. When the Scholarly Attorney left his family, Jack was bewildered; he didn't understand his father's desertion, and he had no idea of the motivation behind it. When Jack's mother sent him off to school and remarried, he felt completely abandoned; he didn't understand her actions, either. Now, it would be too much to claim that Jack is emotionally a six-year-old, but it would be accurate to say that some of his patterns of response were created when he was six. For example, Jack takes a perverse delight in contradicting his mother whenever he can. He chooses to attend the state university because she wants him to go to an eastern university. He
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