Esther vacillates between wanting to be cynical like Doreen and innocent like Betsy

Esther vacillates between wanting to be cynical like Doreen and innocent like Betsy

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Esther vacillates between wanting to be cynical like Doreen and innocent like Betsy. In some ways,  Esther is like both girls, and this shows us how divided she is. It is perhaps this tendency toward a  split personality that gives Esther part of her mental problems. In addition, Esther keeps lying about things. She lies about who she is; she calls herself Elly  Higgenbottom. We ask ourselves: why does Esther allow herself to be in situations in which she  does not even want to admit her true identity? She seems to  want  these fast life experiences, such  as going to the disc jockey's apartment, but she doesn't want anyone to know about it, especially  these apparently contemptible New Yorkers. She worries about her manners and how she appears,  yet at the  Ladies' Day 
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