In Shiloh, what does Norma Jean's and Leroy's relationship suggest about what is needed to keep a happy marriage?

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I think that one of the main things Norman Jean's and Leroy's relationship suggests about what is needed to keep a happy marriage is communication.  In the ninth paragraph of the first section, the author describes one of the few moments when the two do manage to connect, saying,

"When she explains to Leroy the three stages of complexion care, involving creams, toners, and moisturizers, he thinks happily of other petroleum products - axle grease, diesel fuel.  This is a...

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