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I tend to think that Buks' love for Veronica is tied into his own condition of where he is in his life and what he has experienced. The love he has for his granddaughter is a reflection of all that he has loved has been lost to him. The land he loves so much is not his, as it belongs to White owners. The wife he loved so much died. The daughter to whom he was loyal in his love left him to die in the city. Veronica is all he has left and he recognizes clearly that while he is old and is approaching the end of his life, his love for her doesn't diminish. However, his love for Veronica is tempered with all that he endures in recognizing that she, too, will leave him. He does realize that his love for her should not trap her, that like the plants for which he so cares, she, too, has grown, and he must let her live her life. The love he has for her is not one borne out of possession, but rather a selfless one that shows how one cares for others out of the goodness for others and not for oneself. While he knows the world out there can be cruel and cynical, he does not let this or his condition of forlorn love temper his affections and loyalty to and for Veronica. It is here where the love he shows for her is reflective of the hope for the future, something that she embodies.
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