Love blooms in Tender is the Night in glamorous late night parties, lush gardens, and even psychiatric clinics, all set against a landscape broken apart by World War I. The characters chase love deep into the small hours, hoping the special light of the night will illuminate love’s true meaning. In the novel, much is done in the name of the love. Sometimes these things are ugly, cruel, and even monstrous. Other times they are beautiful, sweet, and brave – the extremes of human kindness.
When Nicole’s love affair with Tommy starts, Dick’s affair with Rosemary stops. By comparing and contrasting this pair of love affairs, we can trace some of the movements of love in the novel.