Jane Skinner jane.skinner at
Fri May 19 07:37:18 EDT 2000

Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
> Polly claims that Mr. Leroy has forfeited his right to Tom's 
> life by hurting Tom when trying to kill Polly. Laurel agrees, 
> and allows both Tom and Mr. Leroy "a chance", to decide which 
> one of them will be sacrificed. By telling Tom he can use 
> anything which is truly his, she tricks him into thinking it's 
> a question of strength. Exactly the opposite is true, and when 
> he tries to use his musical talent, Polly sees that he's gone 
> deeper into the pool. She realizes that the only way to win is 
> to lose, and deprive him of everything he's counting on 
> helping him. That's the reason she says he's only used her, 
> and that she never wants to see him again. Depriving him of 
> herself works, and Mr. Leroy is taken. 

I don't understand *why* the only way for Tom to win is to lose... 
How does Polly having to reject Tom to help him follow from Laurel's
saying that Tom can use anything that is truly his?

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