All He Ever Wanted Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Nicholas first meets Etna he is a young professor at a small college, and Etna is the niece of one of his colleagues. Nicholas instantly becomes obsessed with the beautiful and mysterious Etna, and he sets out to make her his wife. Etna finally consents to marry Nicholas but first she informs him that she will never love him. Nicholas believes that he can make her love him in time, but the years pass, the couple has two children, and Etna still remains at a distence. When Nicholas learns that his wife has been keeping a small cottage that she goes to when she wants to be alone, he becomes infuriated and threatens to divorce her. Etna takes him at his word, and the divorce proceedings begin. A desperate Nicholas decides that he will do anything necessary to keep Etna, so he endangers his daughter in a trap to forever ensnare his wife.
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A professor becomes obsessed with a woman he sees escaping in a hotel fire. He marries her despite her acknowledging that she doesn't love him. His obsession with her is ruinous to their marriage.
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Plot & Themes

Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Lover is    -   chased obsessively but totally uninterested

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Vagia talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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