The location where Bradley finally vomits is also significant. He is surrounded by fruits and vegetables: a box of peaches; a bag of carrots; a basket of cherries; and crates of strawberries. These fruits all carry sexual connotations and indicate the original location of sexual sin, the Garden of Eden. The actual act of vomiting references the ideas of Jean-Paul Sartre since Sartre wrote an entire novel entitled Nausea dealing with the physical sensation and its relation to man's philosophical experience of the world. Sartre believed when man realizes that he cannot control the world and that the world does not exist just for him, his freedom to control his own life may make him feel nauseous. Although Murdoch did not consider herself a Sartrean existentialist, she had studied and written extensively about Sartre's philosophy. Furthermore, Bradley Pearson's need to vomit comes at a time when a sensation outside himself, Eros, overtakes his body completely; Bradley realizes that he cannot control it. His need to vomit is similar to Sartre's presentation of men who long to vomit upon realizing that their inability to control the world around them.

The description of Julian's response to Bradley's declaration of love must is affect by the fact that Bradley is the author of the narrative. Julian appears to be willing to pursue a relationship with Bradley and is even aggressively interested in doing so. While Bradley insists that he leave her, it is Julian who begs that he stay to talk. It is also Julian who leans forward and kisses Bradley, not the other way around. Finally in a very flirtatious move, Julian reveals that she previously created the name of a so-called boyfriend just to make Bradley jealous. Bradley portrays Julian as a willing and even eager partner to their love affair, but we should question the accuracy of his description.