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His swamp represents both welcome home and terrifying wilderness, the strength of human resilience and the nadir of human (and animal) ravenousness.
Hungry himself, almost to an animal pitch of ravenousness, but with the bodily pain swallowed up in anxiety for his little sinking lad, he stood at one of the shop windows where all edible luxuries were displayed: haunches of venison, Stilton cheeses, moulds of jelly--all appetising sights to the common passerby.
John had come home fromwhat he referred to as his 'LostWeekend' with all the demons seemingly exorcised from his system - the drunkenness, the sexual ravenousness, the jealousy.