How is the distinction between intentions vs. actions relevant to our grasp of the central characters?
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Intentions and actions can be seen as a minor motif in the book. Robert Ross is haunted by the death of his sister, Rowena, who fell from her wheelchair when he was supposed to be watching over her. He intended to watch over her but his actions failed her. A prostitute working at Lady Dreyfus's brothel selects Robert from the group of men at the brothel one night. Robert intends to have his first sexual experience but ejaculates while following her upstairs to her room. These are just a couple of examples for you.