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The sexual excitement of bringing the two women together entered him as a tincture, curling cloudy in a glass of water.

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She reminds me of pig. Our ancestors didn't eat pig.

In the above quotes, we see Will and Sonny's thoughts juxtaposed. For Sonny, his affair is both an intellectual and sexual union. He believes that Hannah represents everything he wants in a woman. Sonny justifies his disloyalty to Aila by rationalizing that Hannah is a partner in the black resistance movement.

To Sonny, his clandestine work in the movement supports his passion for meaningful political and economic change. In addition, he sees his affair with Hannah as a powerful demonstration of his masculine virility. With Hannah, he is both a lover and activist, not just a father and husband.

Sonny's euphoria, however, isn't shared by Will, his teenage son. To Will, Hannah is a usurper. He equates her to a pig, something that his ancestors didn't eat.

Will finds himself in an unenviable position when Sonny entrusts him with the secret of his affair with Hannah. He becomes angry and resentful. Eventually, Will also begins to harbor contempt for Sonny's weakness and disloyalty. Ironically, just when Will needs his father to be the adult, Sonny begins to act more like a teenage confidant in an unsavory drama.

What had Aila done to assuage his anguish at Baby's attempt to end her life before it had begun? Nothing. Silence. Silence upon the other silence. Comfort and understanding he had had to find elsewhere.

In the above quote, Sonny reveals a major reason for his alienation from Aila. Sonny is the kind of man who needs his female partner to reinforce his relevance. To Sonny, Hannah is the perfect...

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