1. “’You call that romantic? Byron’s a complete cynic.’
“’In my dictionary, romance is not maudlin, treacly sentiment,’ she said. ‘It is a curry, spiced up with excitement and humor and a healthy dollop of cynicism.’
“She lowered her lashes. ‘I think that you will eventually make a fine curry, Dain–with a few minor seasoning adjustments.’
“’Adjustments?’ he echoed, stiffening. ‘Adjust me?’
“’Certainly.’ She patted the hand lying beside her. ‘Marriage requires adjustments, on both sides.’
“’Not this marriage, madam. I paid–and through the nose–for blind obedience, and that is precisely—‘
“’Naturally, you are the master of your own household.’ she said. ‘I have never met a man more adept at managing, everything and everybody. But even you can’t think of everything, or look for what you’ve never experienced. I daresay there are benefits you’ve never imagined to having a wife’”(Chase 214).
Why does Jess feel that Dain needs to change? Why is Dain so reluctant to change for Jess?
2. “’She was a whore. She ran away with the son of a Dartmouth merchant. She lived with him openly for two years and died with him, on a fever-plagued island in the West Indies.’
“He turned and looked down into his wife’s pale upturned face. Her eyes were wide with shock. Then, incredibly, they were glistening…..with tears.
“’How dare you?” she said, angrily blinking the tears back. ‘How dare you, of all men, call your mother a whore?’ You buy a new lover every night. It costs you a few coins. According to you, she took but one–and he cost her everything: her friends, her honor. Her son'” (Chase 233).
How has Dain’s feeling toward his mother effected the way he treats women? Will he ever be able to forgive his mother?