In "Winter Dreams" what does Judy represent for Dexter? Does Dexter really love her?
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Winter Dreams" When they meet again as adults, Dexter decides that he has "wanted Judy Jones ever since he was a proud, desirous little boy."
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Judy represents the uninhibited drama of youth. She is the epitome of carefree, selfish indulgence, and as a result Dexter is more in love with the image of Judy than her real self.
Judy raises a passion within him, which forces him to break off his engagement for a wild liaison when they meet again as adults. They were never really meant for each other, and as he leaves for further adventure in the army, she marries a man who is cruel to her, and she ages badly as a result.. When he learns of Judy’s poor fortunes, his words suggest that he mourns more for the feelings which accompanied her rather than Judy herself:
I cannot cry. I cannot care. That thing will come back no more.
The “thing” is more likely to be youthful passion than a derogatory reference to Judy herself.
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