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In John Updike's "Separating," what is the significance of the kiss Dickie gives his father "on the lips" that is as "passionate as a woman's"?

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At the end of Updike's story "Separating," Richard tells his son, Dickie, that he is separating from Dickie's mother. Dickie is the last of the four children to be told about the separation, and he accepts the news calmly. When Richard says goodnight to his son after Judith (his wife) has already done so, Dickie kisses his father passionately on the lips, like a woman.

The significance of this kiss is that it is a...

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