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Analysis Lines 148-149[]

He’s been in the army four years, he wants a good time,

And if you don’t give it him, there’s others will

Albert had been seeing men after men for long time. He needs to see some pretty women now. And if you’re not the pretty women he wants to see, others will be.

It’s been a long time since he could have sex. You need to give him the right to be a man, or others will.

Sex had become something too meaningless, something done out of basic biological need, that doesn’t account for love, spirit, or affection towards each other.

Analysis Lines 150-151[]

Oh is there, she said. Something o’ that, I said. Then I’ll know who to thanks, she said, and give me a straight look.[]

Lilly has a good intuition that the person whom her husband might cheat with is no one else but the narrator, the very friend that is talking to her.