Nicole kept in touch with Dick after her new marriage; there were letters on business matters, and about the children. When she said, as she often did, "I loved Dick and I’ll never forget him," Tommy answered, ‘Of course not – why should you?’
Interesting that Nicole uses loved here, the past tense of the world. This could mean a variety of things. She could be saying that she used to, but no longer loves Dick. Or she could simply be stating that she really did love him before, without commenting on her present feelings for him. Do we have other evidence in the text that might help us sort out what she means?