How would you describe Matt's relationship with Ruth in "Killings"? Base your answer on specific examples of their behavior with each other.

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Matt's relationship with Ruth can be described as quite close: indeed, closer than ever before as a result of their son's tragic death.

We find this out when we're told that, a month after Frank's funeral, Matt is playing poker at Willis Trottier's house. Apparently, Matt's wife Ruth has told...

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Matt's relationship with Ruth can be described as quite close: indeed, closer than ever before as a result of their son's tragic death.

We find this out when we're told that, a month after Frank's funeral, Matt is playing poker at Willis Trottier's house. Apparently, Matt's wife Ruth has told him that he can't sit at home with her for the rest of her life and that she'll be fine. It would appear from this that Ruth and Matt have been spending practically all their time together since their son was killed. Matt is so reluctant to get out of the house and leave his wife on her own that he will only do so once Ruth has given him permission.

That the relationship between Matt and Ruth is pretty strong can be seen in the telling detail that we observe at Frank's funeral. As they stand by the graveside, Ruth and Matt link arms; Ruth's arm tightens against Matt's and he looks at her. This would appear to suggest that they have a very close bond which they're determined shall not be broken by this appalling personal tragedy.

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