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Describe Toby's relationship with his mother and how it impacts his life. Is it a normal mother/son relationship? Does Rosemary consider both of their best interests when she makes decisions? Is Rosemary the adult in the relationship?

Toby fantasizes about being a part of the upper class and looks down on those who are lower class. Why does he do this? What impact does the contrast between his mother and his father have on this behavior? Does this attitude help or hurt Toby?

Toby desperately wants a male role model, but the men in his life constantly shove him aside. What things do Dwight, Arthur and Roy do to push Toby away? How does Toby react to these situations? Is he too eager to forgive them for their wrongdoings? What impact do these behaviors have on Toby's obsessions with war and uniforms?

Dwight is physically, mentally...

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