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Quotes

Quote #1

"Sure I loved her. But it wasn't that I wanted to touch her" (1.35).

Joe loves Holly in a way that doesn't require sex. He loves her without it being about a physical relationship. He loves her just for her.

Quote #2

"You can love somebody without it being like that. You keep them a stranger, a stranger who's a friend" (1.35).

This is yet another iteration of love from Joe and it reveals the possibility of loving someone who we never really know. Holly is not a stranger to Joe in the literal sense, but she's a stranger in the sense that he doesn't know much about her. Even so, he can still love her from afar. He can still love her as one friend would another.

Quote #3

"Of course he was never my lover; as far as that goes, I never knew him until he was already in jail. But I adore him now, after all I've been going to see him every Thursday for seven months, and I think I'd go even if he didn't pay me" (3.40).

Holly doesn't love Sally in the traditional sense, but she has come to feel great affection for the man over the past seven months of their relationship. Her love for him is like a granddaughter for her grandfather. She adores him more than anything else.

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