The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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In the morning the first thing she would think of was him. Along with music. When she put on her dress she wondered if she would see him that day. She used some of Etta's perfume or a drop of vanilla so that if she met him in the hall she would smell good. (2.9.17)
Mick's teenage crush on Singer is innocent and sweet, but it's also quite sad. Sure, she'll grow out of it eventually, but for now, she is pining for a man who can neither hear her or speak to her.
"Lemme go. Sure I love you. Ain't you my sister?"
"I know. But suppose I wasn't your sister. Would you love me then?"
George backed away. (2.14.52-54)
If this conversation made you a wee bit uncomfortable, Shmoopers, well, you're not alone. Mick's love for her brother is disturbing, to say the least. But we think she's really after something else here. Affirmation, maybe. Or the security of knowing she is loved for herself, and not just because she's family.