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Torch Song Trilogy - Fugue in a Nursery, Codetta Summary & Analysis

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Ed reads a newspaper to Laurel about a love affair between an 80-year-old woman and a boy of fifteen. The continuation of the overlapping conversations of the two couples in the bed reveals that Ed thinks the old woman and young man in love is sexy. Alan and Arnold pick up on a similar vein in their own discussion and ultimately both couples talk about the possibility that in each relationship there is always one person who loves one more than the other.

The weekend at the country house has stirred up insecurities in each person who begins to question the loyalty and depth of love of his or her lover. Stylistically, the author calls this scene a codetta. In a musical fugue, a codetta is a link between the entries of a subject. The author is simply revealing more of the characters' vulnerabilities and emotional states as their relationships...

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