What is the mood and tone of "Winter Dreams"?
In "Winter Dreams," Dexter longs to obtain the favor of a girl named Judy Jones. But in every meeting and every opportunity with her, she seems to draw him just close enough—and then run in a different direction. Judy has a hypnotic effect on Dexter, creating a wistful tone in the story as he chases her for years:
There was a pause. Then she smiled and the corners of her mouth drooped and an almost imperceptible sway brought her closer to him, looking up into his eyes. A lump rose in Dexter's throat, and he waited breathless for the experiment, facing the unpredictable compound that would form mysteriously from the elements of their lips. Then he saw—she communicated her excitement to him, lavishly, deeply, with kisses that were not a promise but a fulfillment. They aroused in him not hunger demanding renewal but surfeit that would demand more surfeit . . . kisses that were like charity, creating want by holding back
nothing at all.
It did not take him many hours to decide that he had...
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