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Jess's parents are worn out and overburdened from poverty and despair. They need help with the farm and work Jess as though he were a farmhand. Jess is artistic which raises conflict with his father who believes physical power is essential for a male.
Leslie's parents are intelligent and irresponsible. As a result Leslie is a free spirit who is allowed to wander physically, psychological and intellectually where her fancy takes her.
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