Waiting Themes

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Knowing and Trusting Self

Although Lin Kong faces formidable social and political pressures as he tries to form a committed relationship with Manna Wu, the greatest conflict he encounters comes from within. In a way, the obstacles he faces regarding what he thinks he might want are immaterial, for he never seems to know what that really is. This ambivalence drives the story, as everyone, Lin included, waits for him to decide. Lin is certainly aware of his conflicting feelings about Manna and intimate relationships in general. No one pressures him more than he pressures himself in a sincere and constant attempt to know and uncover the course of action that will bring him lasting joy. Yet for all of his introspection and at times unsparing evaluation of himself, Lin is never certain about what would make him happy. He does learn that he can justify anything, pro or...

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