Everything That Rises Must Converge
How we cite our quotes:
Julian did not like to consider all she did for him, but every Wednesday night he braced himself and took her. (3)
We're inside Julian's head here, and we can see that he isn't happy when he thinks about his mother's sacrifices. It makes him feel useless and dependent, and for a man (well, this man), that's about as insulting as it gets.
At that moment [Julian] could with pleasure have slapped [his mother] as he would have slapped a particularly obnoxious child […]. (73)
If only Dr. Phil had been around in the 60s, he would have asked Julian if he was nuts. And, he actually might be. Also, what's with Julian viewing his mom as a little girl, even though she's supporting him financially?
There was no reason for her to think she could always depend on him. (72)
Talk about a case of the delusionals! Julian is totally off when it comes to familial duty and support. For him, taking his mother to a Y class is a huge sacrifice. How about cooking, cleaning, working, and sending your kid to college?