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Desiderio had always been a lonely man with no desires Desiderio like the Minister had comprised in himself a fear of the unknown They liked things to be concrete like the ocean rise and fall When Desiderio was a child he would be horrified at merely the sound of his mother in the other room panting and making the sounds of a tiger He was afraid she was turning into a beast Of course at that age he didnt know what was going on Her being a prostitute and him being too young to understand what that entailed would make any child infer the same thing This may have been an indicator of why he was so uninterested in the mirages Dr Hoffman had corrupted within the city As a child Desiderio had to learn how to block out the unnatural and unimaginable since he lived through it because of what his mother had exposed him to early on His mom was not the nurturing wisdom-filled woman he needed early in life Since he had no connection with his mother there was no connection desired for anyone This all changed upon the presence of AlbertinaHowever when he saw the creature in the water he was horrified Maybe even at the fact that his loneliness was not relieved at the sight of her Being a man with no desires he was terrified to have a desire for something so hideous yet also intriguingly beautiful She was alive but not in the way he was The sight of the swan terrified him because although he knew they were both alive they were alive in different senses they were on parallel sides of the world one for the desire machines and one for reality and one would have to come out on top leaving the other destroyed At the end of the book Desiderio had ultimately chosen reality over desire He may have even known that this was
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