Tender is the Night
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And suddenly, in the space of two minutes she achieved her victory and justified herself to herself without lie or subterfuge cut the cord forever. Then she walked, weak in the legs, and sobbing coolly, toward the household that was hers at last (3.9.47).
Some critics argue that this is Nicole’s real moment of transformation in the novel - her final psychological break from Dick. What does it mean that she sobs "coolly?" Is she crying for the loss of what they had but without the "hot" passion that comes with the need to possess? Does her transformation transform Dick as well? If so, how? Is it beneficial for him or is her positive transformation at the cost of his negative one?