But the growing relationship between Frank and Helen is not sentimentalized

But the growing relationship between Frank and Helen is not sentimentalized

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But the growing relationship between Frank and Helen is not sentimentalized. Frank's plans for  college are at least partly designed to impress Helen but they come from aspirations in him which  resemble Helen's. Frank's difficulty with the great European novels that Helen recommends to him is  an index to the imaginative poverty of his rootless background, but his successful struggle to read  the books shows his native intelligence and a certain sacrificial dedication to Helen's values. Frank's  response to the books also helps to suggest the possibility of mutual affection between people with  different interests. It adds to the feeling that Frank and Helen share a warmth and sympathy about  human beings, a disposition which goes beyond their different ethnic and intellectual backgrounds,  and Frank's successful efforts with the books show that he might develop the imaginative and  systematic thinking that Helen associates with higher education. Frank's sensation that he is reading  about himself is germinal to his later realization that he has passed through redemptive suffering.
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