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Each are wrestling with their own dilemmas: privilege and pennilessness, parents too doting or too absent, but it is Jude, already on his way to becoming a ruthlessly effective lawyer, who appears truly unable to escape the events of a horrifically traumatic past.
And all of this the wave of water, the ruin, the flight, the pennilessness, the tatters, the solitude--let all of this be a figure of the shipwreck and the island where he, poor Robin, was secluded from the world for twenty-six years, till he almost went mad (and indeed, who is to say he did not, in some measure?