In response to Thomas Deane Tucker's comments about the "yes" at the end
of the film, I am not at all sure that it does day this. This was the
most disturbing moment for me as I could not see the point of the ending
at first and then could not get the uneasy feeling of Ryan's wife's
response out of my head. She does not say, "Yes you earned it, Dear." and
then give him a reassurance through touch of some sort--a hug or a hand on
the shoulder. She pulls away at the end and looks at him as if he is
asking an impossible, existential (?), question about his existence. The
look on the wife's face does not seem reassuring or certain. Rather, I
was more thrown by her withdrawl than her assurance.
brian k aurand
university of maryland at college park
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