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Poor Mason. He's the typical good guy who's perfect on paper, but the chemistry just isn't there. Let's take a look at what he does in the novel. He:
Whoa, that's a lot of stuff, and it's clear he's definitely a good guy. So good, in fact, that Rose wonders why she doesn't like him: "How hard would it be, I wondered, to go out with him? He was nice, funny, and reasonably good-looking. We got along. Why did I get caught up in so many messes with other guys when I had a perfectly sweet one here who wanted me? Why couldn't I just return his feelings?" (14.58).
It just goes to show that someone might be charming, strong, funny, and an all-around great guy, but that doesn't give you feelings you don't have. Even so, we like how Mason's a great friend to Rose (even if he wants to be more than that).