Why does the narrative describe her house repeatedly?  

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Judy Jones represents the female incarnation of the American Dream for Dexter, and her house symbolizes how industrial capitalism makes this idea possible. Part IV provides a passage that helps us with this interpretation:  “The dark street lightened, the dwellings of the rich loomed up around them, he stopped his coupe in front of the great white bulk of the Mortimer Joneses’ house, somnolent, gorgeous, drenched with the splendor of the damp moonlight.  Its solidity startled him.  The strong walls, the steel of the girders, the breadth and beam and pomp of it were there only to bring out the contrast with the young beauty beside him.  It was sturdy to accentuate her slightness—as if to show what a breeze could be generated by a butterfly wing.” Note here the romanticism with which he views her (“damp moonlight,” “young beauty,” “slightness,” “breeze”) and wealthy that makes her possible (“great white bulk,” “strong walls,” “steel of the girders,” “breadth, beam, pomp”).

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