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Love in The Tenants of Moonbloom Love courage and illusion Sugarman refers to these as the trinity of survival All three are instrumental in the novel The Tenants of Moonbloom by Edward Lewis Wallant The many unique characters in the novel depict these three aspects of survival in many ways especially the first part of the trinity love The Tenants of Moonbloom contains love in many different forms It depicts love of another person love of the tangible and love of the intangible When people are in love with each other we assume that it is only natural for them to be married Betty Jacoby and Arnold disprove this notion Betty and Arnold are an unmarried couple that love each other enough to base their relationship completely on lies Of course each one knows the other is lying but they never stop trying to hide their faults from each other Betty tries to hide her elderly figure by keeping the lights dim in their apartment As she puts it Dont let them tell you about the ease of old age she said the guile restored to her by the dimness They say that old people arent concerned about appearances Oh no thats not true at all We Arnold and I keep more things from each other than ever Its hard to make you see If he walked in like you did107 Arnold doesnt try to hide his appearance from Betty but rather his unemployment When explaining why he doesnt tell his partner that he lost his job Arnold replies Just a brief slack period at the place I can always get a job its not that Dont want her to think I couldnt go right out and get a job You understand 145 Though futile Betty and Arnolds facades simply show how powerful their love for one another is Loving another person is not the only kind of love Basellecci loves two things in life
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