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Mark Good question, Debbie. I think Leda is a very confused (and not a very nice) lady, bored and frustrated by the summer vacation that leaves her listless and without purpose. She has the public affirmation afforded by a professional academic career but now parted from her husband, and with her children grown up and left home, she is alone and lonely, and fearful of the advancing years. She finds two much younger people sensuous and beguiling. First she flirts with the young waiter then finds herself drawn to the attractive young mother and harbours hopes that things might develop one way or the other. So it is with keeping the doll : she keeps it not knowing how she will 'use' it but knows it will become a bargaining tool.
And then when she discovers these two younger people are arranging their own secret rendez-vouz her response is spiteful and extreme.
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