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Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

Created: 05/19/20

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Posted May. 19, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?


Posted May. 29, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
elizabethk

Join Date: 06/11/11

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

I guess it would depend on ones definition of love. He was working in a pattern, thinking that love was power.
He was not happy unless he was in control.


Posted Jun. 01, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
judyw

Join Date: 06/13/11

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

Rory didn't love anyone but Rory. Everything move he made in life had a purpose - even marrying Claire. She fit all the items on a check list--beautiful, overwhelmed by him, makings of a "good" wife. Just what he needed for his political ambitions.


Posted Jun. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
charleneds

Join Date: 03/21/17

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

No - not really. I don't believe he was capable of loving anyone. He was motivated by control, power and anger. No everyone has the capability to love another human being. I think he enjoyed hurting people. He had to win at all costs.


Posted Jun. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurer

Join Date: 11/20/14

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

If "in his own broken way" means he is consumed by fear, anger and a desperate need to maintain complete control, how could he possibly have room for that emotion?


Posted Jun. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joannew

Join Date: 07/08/17

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

Rory was so damaged by his mothers inattention. He was unable to fully love. He was manipulative and cunning. Claire was his victim and got away luckily.


Posted Jun. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Mary Beth K

Join Date: 05/31/18

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

It was obvious from the start Rory was using Claire from the beginning of the book. Unfortunately, too many women are in the same situation.


Posted Jun. 02, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cynthiaw

Join Date: 04/26/19

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

No, Rory did not love Claire. In the definition of love, there’s no such phrase as “he loved her in his own broken way”. He abused, manipulated, and used Claire. In addition, he had his staff spy on her. He often spoke to her as if she were a child. Rory wanted money, power, and control. He had political ambitions and appeared to care not one whit about about what Claire wanted.


Posted Jun. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
christineb

Join Date: 10/13/11

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

I agree with everyone. I don't think Rory was capable of love because he was narcissist . I think Claires life could have been so much more fulfilling if she had married a different kind of man.


Posted Jun. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cynthiaw

Join Date: 04/26/19

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

No, Rory did not love Claire. In the definition of love, there’s no such phrase as “he loved her in his own broken way”. He abused, manipulated, and used Claire. In addition, he had his staff spy on her. He often spoke to her as if she were a child. Rory wanted money, power, control, and he also had political ambitions.


Posted Jun. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
tswaine

Join Date: 09/14/11

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

I don't think that Rory loved Claire at all. Is love spying on your spouse and controlling her every move? He just needed her to make him look good and further his political career.


Posted Jun. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
susanr

Join Date: 04/14/11

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

I don't think Rory even knew the meaning of love. He was a narcissist and an abuser. He believed he had to control her -- there's no room for love along with all of these negative attitudes.


Posted Jun. 05, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Mary Alice

Join Date: 01/14/18

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

You have to look at this question from the outside of the relationship. I think Claire may have felt this to protect her own fragile self. In a real relationship, both parties are equal. No one is ever in total control. No one is an abuser.


Posted Jun. 07, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
juliaa

Join Date: 12/03/11

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

As others have said, I don't believe Rory was capable of love at all. He saw women almost as a necessary decoration for his career, and when they didn't serve his ends any more or crossed him he sought to get rid of them. The only part of Claire's statement with which I agree is that Rory is indeed "broken."


Posted Jun. 07, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
shelleys

Join Date: 06/19/19

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

Clare manifested the typical victim's mentality- questioning herself and vowing to be better. She finally realized that he was a danger to her along with his complicit family and she thought staff.She was just one more possession that he had and satisfied his check list of items necessary to be an attractive candidate.


Posted Jun. 08, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Carol Rainer

Join Date: 09/03/15

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

No - Rory was not capable of loving anyone but himself. He wanted her because she made him look good. And when he felt that she didn't make him look good, he abused her. That is not love on any level.


Posted Jun. 09, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jackieh

Join Date: 08/16/19

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

I think Claire told herself that he loved her to justify her staying with him for as long as she did. If what I understand about abusers is right, they blame the victim for their temper and abuse and then apologize profusely afterwards.


Posted Jun. 11, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
beckyk

Join Date: 02/13/19

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RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

If the definition of love being used is Rory's definition -- than yes, he loved her. If it is the definition of love understood by emotionally healthy adults -- than no, he did not. Their relationship was one of power and manipulation, not mutual respect, support and acceptance. I agree with earlier comments that Claire exhibited a victim's mentality in blaming herself for her husband's harrowing misdeeds. I thought the author did an excellent job making these points in the story. It is a testament to Claire's strength that she was able to successfully free herself from her abuser.


Posted Jun. 12, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jodig

Join Date: 06/07/15

Posts: 30

RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

I think Rory only cared about himself. He proved this in his relationship with Claire and with Maggie. I do not think he was capable of loving anyone else.


Posted Jul. 20, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
mayurij

Join Date: 04/11/17

Posts: 6

RE: Claire believes that Rory loves her "in his own broken way." Do you agree?

No. He shows personality typical abuser. I think family wealth helped to nurture that personality.


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