The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Like Dr. Nolan, Jay Cee, Esther's boss at the magazine, is another alternative mother figure for Esther. Unlike Esther's mother, Jay Cee is married and has a satisfying career. While Esther feels dejected when Jay Cee chides her aimlessness, Esther appreciates the fact that Jay Cee is trying to mentor her to a fulfilling professional life after college.