If he was truly trying, could have avoided encounters with people who bring him down “” Charlie, I believe you’re sober,” she said judicially. “I honestly believe he’s sober, Dunc. Pinch him and see if he’s sober”” (8). He may outwardly act like that lifestyle is behind him, but time and time again we see that it’s not. This trip was supposed to be time spent with his daughter. Also, this is his chance to try and regain guardianship of her. However, when he saw Duncan and Lorraine while out t...
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...at he tries to pass the blame off to them, multiple times ““What an outrage!” Charlie broke out. “What an absolute outrage!”” (17). ““I didn’t tell them to come here. They wormed your name out of somebody. They deliberately--”” (18). ““I wish you’d explain to her I never dreamed these people would come here. I’m just as sore as you are”” (18). Seriously, he is so quick to forget that he left the address so that Duncan could find him.
It is sad that he is unable to take his daughter with him, but old habits die hard. He sabotaged himself over and over by leaving old sections of his life open, so that at any moment one of those sections could come crashing through. He needs to take more time to focus on getting right with himself so he can do right by his daughter. Maybe with some more time he can really change, change for the better and Marion won’t have to worry.
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