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Quote #4

"I love you, Mother," I said. "I'll always love you." (3.39)

This is six-year-old Jack's response to his mother's statement that Ellis left because he didn't love her. We can be pretty sure by the end of the story that Jack's six-year-old promise is upheld. Jack will always love his mother, more so now that he knows that she too is capable of love.

Quote #5

I asked: "What about love?"

I was perfectly sure that the Judge had has his innings, but I was also perfectly sure that nobody around the Landing had anyone on him in that respect. (4.135-6)

Boy, was Jack wrong about that. This also shows just how well the Judge and Mrs. Murrell have kept their secret. The only other person who knows is Ellis Burden, and he appears to have permanently wiped it from his memory.

Quote #6

[Anne Stanton:] "Sure, I love you, Jackie-Boy, Jackie-Jackie Bird, who said I didn't love poor old Jackie-Bird?" (7.82)

She's probably telling the truth. After the incident, though, Anne might be confused about what love means. We certainly think that Jack is confused.

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