I was so excited to see this post — this book is one of my favorites and I enjoyed your analysis.
Ashley Burnett

Thanks for reading! There was so much more to say about Stephen (and Thomas, I feel like the book itself often forgets about him) and his budding acting career and new relationship to money, but the essay was getting absurdly long already. You’re right, there’s definitely a parallel between Stephen and Rose — both use their beauty in exchange for money, basically, and then turn around and use that money to help others.

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