Why Henry Keeps Coming Back
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Posted by Michelle K. on September 18, 1997 at 17:14:07:
In response to Wait....That's Not Right!, written by Nora on September 18, 1997 at 08:15:21
] If he doesn't do it for himself, he was doomed to fail.
] That isn't true. He really was in love with her. If he had been doing itfor himself than how come he kept coming back when she refused him. She gave him NO encouragement. He did not come back for sport, but for her. HE LOVED HER!!
Henry's ego is too great to suffer the let-down of accepting the fact that Fanny is not interested in him. He is unable to resist a challenge to his charms (as his final downfall with Maria ultimately proves), and Fanny is posing the ultimate challenge--total disinterest. That kind of resistance will drive someone like Henry totally crazy with trying to win her affections so that he can reassure himself that he has not lost his "power" over women. I think he does believe he loves Fanny, but this "love" grows out of the novelty of finding one girl who doesn't fall all over him as soon as he tips his hat. I think that if Fanny did give in, Henry would eventually grow tired of her.
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