How Many Miles to Babylon?
Alec and Jerry:
Alec is home schooled[->0] and has no opportunity to make friends as he grows up. ·
Alec meets Jerry and we can clearly see that they are from different class backgrounds. ·
The boys meet at the lake and they swim together and from here their friendship blooms. ·
Alec knows that Jerry’s background is an issue and Alec refers to Jerry as “a private and secret friend”. ·
Jerry also understands the importance of keeping the friendship secret “Your lot would care. My lot too…” ·
It is their interest in horses that helps their friendship develops. They build jumps and have a type of secret riding school. ·
Alec suggests that they work together when they are older. Jerry goes alone with the plan but is more of a realist and sees that such a plan would not be easy “You’re a great one for thinking things will be easy”. ·
As the story develops both men grow a deep affection for each other. ·
Jerry brings love and life to Alec’s existence.
Jerry could be seen to be influential to Alec as Alec takes on many of Jerry’s ideas and beliefs. ·
Both characters show a deep trust for one another and share their problems seeking advice and comfort. ·
The war should have separated the characters but it helps to bring them closer. ·
Despite Major[->1] Glendinning’s attempts he cannot separate both men. ·
When Jerry leaves to find his father Alec tries his best to cover for him. ·
When Jerry returns with bad news and awaiting troubles Alec does his best to comfort him. ·
Alec’s last act of friendship is to save his friend form the indignity of having to face a firing squad. Alec treats his friend with comfort and compassion.
[->0] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling
[->1] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major
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