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In his writing of The Wars Findley brings to light certain views of romantic love essentially he says that love is a fleeting emotion and cannot often hold up to the trials of human life But when it does hold up it is stronger than any attempt to crush it could ever be even the mind numbing horrors of war This notion of love is displayed in various forms throughout the text of the novel from the cold cruel love of Barbara dOrsey for her various heroes to the warm tender love Juliet dOrsey had for Robert which he also had for those in need of him be it his sister Rowena or an abandoned dog and horse in the middle of a battle zone Through his use of these views of romantic love Findley has made The Wars a touching and compelling tale of life and love in the midst of a war One of the views of love to be found in the novel is the cold hard selfish love which is seen in the actions of Lady Barbara dOrsey Throughout her flings in the text Barbara acts very cold to her lovers She does love them if only for the attention they attract to herself but she fails to show an iota of emotion should they have the misfortune of being injured having no care whatsoever for their emotions She refuses to even let them hear her voice while they are in hospital instead she simply stands silently at the foot of the bed not talking not touching not reassuring them just standing holding her freesia This shows her to be a very selfish woman with no concern for the lives of those she hurts which is also evidenced in her willingness to break up a happy relationship because she wants the man only to dump him the moment he is injured as was the case with Jamie Villiers whom she
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