Lucky Jim

Quotes

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained

"Dixon was interested by this conventional absence of conventional sensitivity; for almost the first time in his life a woman was behaving in a way alleged to be typical of women."

Dixon thinks this quotation in Chapter 19, when Christine is indulging her healthy appetite after having just broken off their relationship. Dixon is fascinated not only with Christine's lack of pretense, but also with her hard- heartedness in the face of his own suffering. The irony of Dixon's revelation, wherein a stereotype finally turns out to be true, is typical of some of the humor of Lucky Jim, which makes a point of standing our expectations on their heads. The quotation also recalls Dixon's attraction to Christine's less feminine habits, such as her laughter and large appetite, which he knows are genuine because they are "imperfections."