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by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Winter Dreams Section 6 Summary
Fast forward seven years after Dexter's failed relationship with Judy. He is thirty-two years old, and he's living the good (i.e. rich) life in New York. A guy named Devlin comes to his office to talk business. This guy mentions that the wife of one of his best friends in Detroit is also from Dexter's home town: maybe Dexter knows her? Her name is Judy Simms; she was once Judy Jones. (!) Devlin says that he feels a bit sorry for her because her husband, Lud Simms, is a drinker who cheats on her. She doesn't cheat on him, though; she stays at home with the kids. Actually, Devlin thinks Judy is a bit old for Lud Simms, but Dexter protests that she is only twenty-seven. (Hmm, that's weird. We think Dexter's math is off. When he first sees Judy, he is fourteen and she is eleven. If he is now thirty-two, shouldn't she be twenty-nine?) Devlin realizes that Dexter must know her rather well. Even though Lud treats her badly, Judy is going to stay with him. Dexter cannot understand what Devlin is telling him: that Judy's beauty has faded and that she has settled down. It's all too much to process. Devlin leaves and Dexter lies down in his office lounge. He feels that he has lost his winter dream, and he weeps for what he can never have. But it's not just his dream he's lost: he has also lost that spark he once had. He doesn't even care too much about Judy anymore. That romantic boy he used to be is gone forever.
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