McDowell's wives or lovers?

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Post by BLESSING NGOZIKA » 30 Oct 2018, 08:10

McDowell loved nothing but himself... I strongly believe he liked Carole the least because he only cared for those who attended to his needs......

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Post by HollandBlue » 30 Oct 2018, 10:48

Dael Reader wrote:
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I don't think he really cared for any of them. The only person McDowell really cared about was himself. He seemed to be indifferent to everyone else. He tolerated those who served his needs, when they served his needs. Otherwise, he probably never gave a second thought to any of them.
I agree with this view.
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Post by Radiant3 » 30 Oct 2018, 11:21

I think he liked Carole the least. He had become indifferent to her to the point where he really did not care how she felt. In terms of love, I think he cared the most for Hulga. In time, he probably would have developed strong feelings for Winona.

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Post by Jacci » 31 Oct 2018, 21:35

Too bad for this situation, but this is already the trend of the world. All i can say is, this man is playing polygamy after he was married. He never understand what is the essence of marraige.
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Post by ShailaSheshadri » 01 Nov 2018, 22:42

If you ask me about McDowell's female relationships, I think he was an opportunistic person in this matter. I am sure he liked Rima, his companion in Nepal the most. Once, he even thought of divorcing his wife for the sake of continuing his relationship with Rima. He always talked good things about her. Though he had sexual encounters with many other women, his liking for them was short-lived. The women he liked the least was Carole, his wife. It appears as he married her just for the sake of providing a guardian to his children from his previous marriage. As told earlier, he was ready for divorce with her.

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Post by cristinaro » 09 Nov 2018, 10:15

I am not sure if he loved the mother of his children or not, but, otherwise, he seems incapable of genuinely loving a woman or fully dedicating himself to a woman. I have to agree with the others that the person he loves most and always wants to protect is himself.
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Post by ochiengjr01 » 14 Nov 2018, 09:56

As for me generally, Hiram neither liked his wives nor lovers therefore he just liked himself much. As per my opinion he never had enough time with his third wife Carole and even he don't care devosing with her. So i can guess to some extend Carole is the one who was littly liked.

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Post by Life In Books » 22 Nov 2018, 04:09

McDowell was married thrice. He did not seem to be a very responsible husband. However, in the second part of the story, he had more self-realization which helped him to form sincere relationships with the ladies that he came across at that time.

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Post by lara_haelterman » 22 Nov 2018, 11:30

I think he liked Winona the most and Carole the least. He treated Carole like she meant nothing to him. I don't understand why he married her at all. For Winona, we primarily get to read her side of things but not really Hiram's side so I can't be sure if they would have formed a good, healthy couple.

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Post by Little_one11 » 05 Dec 2018, 12:09

He didn't care of anyone. He treated women like object, wich I disliked that while reading the book.

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Post by Ekta Kumari » 08 Dec 2018, 10:19

He treated his wives like trash. He only seemed to take interest in his lovers, and that too for his selfish reasons. Maybe due to lack of regular contact and touch, his interest didn't veer from his lovers. Otherwise, he treated all women like objects. Real care was never there.
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Post by Shalu1707 » 10 Dec 2018, 11:55

I don't think he loved any of his wives, he married just to show to the society that he is a family man. He never loved them. But I think in the second part he did had some feelings for Hulga and could have stayed with her if he was not on the run.

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Post by Theresam » 15 Dec 2018, 01:13

I don’t think he really cared for the women in the book. I think his motives were always so self centered that I doubt be really thought about them unless he was with them at that moment. He started to change toward the end of the book but I still don’t think he thought much of women except for his daughter

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Post by Zora C Penter » 13 Feb 2019, 00:20

I kind of wonder what all these women saw in Hiram. Then I remember that they are fictional and quite often artificially desperate in their portrayal.

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Post by Zora C Penter » 13 Feb 2019, 00:21

Theresam wrote:
15 Dec 2018, 01:13
I don’t think he really cared for the women in the book. I think his motives were always so self centered that I doubt be really thought about them unless he was with them at that moment. He started to change toward the end of the book but I still don’t think he thought much of women except for his daughter
Agreed! But even with Sophie, Hiram often was very derisive or combative in his inner thoughts toward her. I also feel that he automatically needed to make sure she was taken care of because of her female status.

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