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Why does Dexter quit his job in "Winter Dreams"?

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lizzie-a-21 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM via web

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Why does Dexter quit his job in "Winter Dreams"?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 21, 2009 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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In the beginning, Dexter quits his job as a caddy because of Judy.  While he works at the golf course, he is proud of moving up to being the most sought after caddy of the place.  He is not there to make a living.  His earnings are merely pocket change for him, as his father is a wealthy businessman.  He dreams of success, even as a teenager.  He dreams of becoming a golf champion and showing up all of the golfers there at the course.  However, that pride is quickly wounded when the eleven-year-old Judy Jones comes to play at the golf course.  He quits his job at this point.  She treats him as an inferior.  That makes him want to be even more successful than he originally planned. His aspirations for a successful future slowly come to include Judy as his potential wife.  He wants all of the "glitter," "glamour," and "promise" that she could offer him with his wealth.

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