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For many of the characters in Dianne Warrens A Reckless Moon love did once exist It existed during their height of beauty and youth As these traits inevitably deteriorated so did their confidence in everlasting passion The main characters throughout Warrens stories are dynamic and complex sharing one similarity their lives filled with voids drive their longing for absent connections The common sought-after connection is of romance Remaining unfulfilled the characters despair creates the sad mood of the collection of stories about lost faith in love This essay explores this theme through each character of the short stories reviewed and their experiences of regret romance and naivete In Moving Picture there is a heartrending sense of regret The main character Gerri and her boyfriend Greg share an understanding of their relationship they dont really believe in marriage 206 but they are like man and wife 221 The belief that their love does not need to be proclaimed on paper is questioned after Greg gets in a motorcycle accident He experiences brain damage creating a distance between him and Gerri Gerri immediately loses her status at the hospital she is not official family His mother disregards her entirely she is not his wife Gerri and Gregs understanding means nothing when Greg returns home and doesnt know how things are supposed to be 223 He knows he loves her 223 but ironically a document for immigration is able to falsely convince him otherwise - that he is in love with someone else 230 In Tuxedo and Hawks Landing the main characters give up on love because of their romantic pasts Repetition is used in Tuxedo to emphasize the main characters gradual acceptance of her loneliness The story begins with the same scene it ends with a man inviting Claire for a drink sometime 80 With the first man she accepts she is missing love in her life The relationship fails and Claire resigns to her bleak life
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