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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #1

The enormity of his decision frightened him. He was a favorite caddy, and the thirty dollars a month he earned through the summer were not to be made elsewhere around the lake. But he had received a strong emotional shock, and his perturbation required a violent and immediate outlet.

It is not so simple as that, either. As so frequently would be the case in the future, Dexter was unconsciously dictated by his winter dreams. (1.45-6)

Why does Dexter experience a "strong emotional shock"? And how does this shock relate to his "winter dreams"? Certainly, Dexter is instantly attracted to Judy Jones; but is that the shock he experiences? Or is he shocked by the realization that Judy will always be cruel to people who are below her on the social ladder?

Quote #2

"My name is Judy Jones" – she favored him with an absurd smirk – rather, what tried to be a smirk, for, twist her mouth as she might, it was not grotesque, it was merely beautiful – "and I live in a house over there on the Island, and in that house there is a man waiting for me. When he drove up at the door I drove out of the dock because he says I'm his ideal." (2.34)

If we haven't already gotten enough foreshadowing that a love affair between Judy and Dexter would be disastrous, here's more proof: a man declares that she is his ideal, and Judy runs away. Thanks to her beauty and social position, Judy is always the object of desire. Whether she can fall in love herself is an open question.

Quote #3

"You're not. I like you. But I've just had a terrible afternoon. There was a man I cared about, and this afternoon he told me out of a clear sky that he was poor as a church-mouse. He'd never even hinted it before. Does this sound horribly mundane?" (3.10-12)

This pretty much sums up Judy Jones: superficial to the max. Can we blame her, though? What makes her so shallow is her excessively privileged background. Money is like a moral value for Judy, and she can't move forward into an affair with Dexter until she is sure that he has the cash that she desires.

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