One of the major themes of these four chapters is that

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One of the major themes of these four chapters is that, for Esther, life is mostly like the day after  Christmas, a day when she usually feels "overstuffed and dull and disappointed." The promises of  Esther's young life too often turn out to be unsatisfying. She has adored Buddy from afar, yet his  kisses do not affect her when he finally shows an interest in her. In short, Esther does not seem able  to find a relationship with honesty in it, and she cannot even enjoy dating in a superficial way. Yet she  is driven to want to date men — perhaps mostly because of social convention, but also because she  is embarrassed to study in her room on Saturday nights. When Buddy is in the TB hospital, that  relieves her of an obligation to date. For a brief time, she is happy not to be bothered with social  plottings. But, if on one hand she is driven to date, Esther can't stand Buddy for his hypocrisy. Yet she needs 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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