Devlin is a business associate of Dexter's. He tells Dexter that Judy's beauty has faded and she has become a passive housewife to an alcoholic and abusive husband.
The story follows its main character, Dexter Green, over several years of his life. Fourteen at the beginning of the story, he is confident and full of ‘‘winter dreams’’ of a golden future. He feels superior to the other caddies, who are ‘‘poor as sin,’’ since he works only for pocket-money. He continually daydreams in ‘‘the fairways of his imagination’’ about gloriously besting the men for whom he caddies or dazzling them with fancy diving exhibitions.
The enterprising and resourceful young Dexter performs his duties expertly and so becomes the caddy most in demand at the club. As Mr. Jones notes, he never loses a ball, and he is a hard worker. Yet his desire to become a part of the glittering world of wealth he has only glimpsed compels him to abruptly quit his job when Judy Jones makes him feel that he is her inferior. The narrator explains, ‘‘as so frequently would be the case in the future, Dexter was unconsciously dictated to by his winter dreams.’’
Dexter's ambition prompts him to attend a prestigious university in the East, and then upon graduation, to work hard to master the cleaning trade and so become a successful businessman. He works diligently to improve his...
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