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Unformatted text preview: Robert has a romantic image of himself that is not supported by his actions or behavior. When he tells Edna about the Gulf ghost who returns to the coast every year waiting for a woman to wins his heart, he is implicitly talking about himself. Every summer Robert leaves his modest job in New Orleans to live with his mother at the pension , and courts a different woman each summer. His attentions are never serious, however; he targets married or older women who cannot truly respond to his mock courting. As insubstantial as a ghost, he lacks the emotional maturity to pursue or consummate an actual relationship with an eligible woman. Two years younger than Edna, his youth and inexperience show themselves in his tendency to state grand intentions but not follow through on them, such as his legendary determination to go to Mexico to make his fortune. When he finds that he has become thoroughly infatuated with Edna, he is to make his fortune....
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- Fall '08