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Quote #1

Moreover it is confusing to come across a youthful photograph of some one known in a rounded maturity and gaze with a shock upon a fiery, wiry, eagle-eyed stranger. Best to be reassuring – Dick Diver’s moment now began (2.1.15).

This is confusing. We’ve just heard about Dick’s brilliance (he memorizes psychology books) and his passion for learning and for psychiatry. It is disorienting and a little spooky to hold that Dick up against the party animal Dick we’ve just met? What happened to his plans?

Quote #2

"No one comes to the Riviera in summer, so we expect to have a few guests and to work" (2.5.32).

Nicole has a plan for getting well. She wants to study while Dick works on his books. Her plan does not involve the endless party that ensued when their beach suddenly becomes the seat of fashion and glamour.

Quote #3

Dick didn’t want to talk – he wanted to be alone so that his thoughts about work and the future would overpower his thoughts of love and to-day (2.12.13).

Like Nicole, Dick thinks that doing meaningful work can save him from the problems in his life. But with all these problems and all these people, who can work?

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