Originally Posted by fantasyfan
I was impressed with this aspect as well. Somehow or other, I felt that D should have appreciated O's real and sincere love and seen that it was superior to the physical attraction of I--especially since I was essentially manipulative.
It's funny just how much I ignored this aspect of the story until we started discussing it. In fits in quite well and tells us quite a bit about D- and how much he really fits in with the ideals of the United State.
And let's face it - if D- doesn't fit in, who really would?
Oh OK - now it's opening up for me a bit.
Perhaps the affair itself is a demonstration of how ill-suited we really are to such a regimented and totalitarian society. When someone so devout and fervent about the ideals of the society can ignore the obvious benefits of a safe and loving and productive relationship and instead pursue a dangerous and manipulative affair....?
And the fact that pursuing the dangerous is often a behaviour mirrored in our own society, we start to fully appreciate just how ill-suited we are to our own version of the United State. And that's a quite important thing to understand - yes?