~ The Lives of Harry Lime, Ticket to Tangier, Part 3:
Too Good to be True:
Who is this woman? Already very attracted to her beauty, Harry now he finds that she can really dance too. In fact, she seems to be too good at it. It makes him question her true identity. Is she really just an airline hostess?
It’s my treat!
Harry treats his new lady friend, the airline hostess, to dinner and dancing at the Cabala cabaret (or nightclub). He learns her name is Patsy, but he believes it is an alias — not her real name. When he goes to leave he finds out he wasn’t the one treating. She paid the check! She tries to convince him that she can afford it, but he can’t believe it.
Harry feels that it’s not right for the woman to pay. After all, she must not make much money. Men’s jobs always pay more than women’s, so when you take a woman out on a date, the man should pay. That sounds honorable, but Harry is probably okay with things the way they are, the ‘status quo’. He doesn’t want to try to change it; in fact, he’s uncomfortable with Patsy changing it. This reveals that he is a male chauvinist. He probably thinks men are better than women, more intelligent than women, and deserving of higher pay. To him, men and women are not equal.
Harry is still in for a few more surprises with Patsy!
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So Harry appears to be a male chauvinist. That means he treats women well, you know — ladies first, and ‘the man should pay’, but it also means he has certain attitudes about men and women. He doesn’t think men and women are really equal. How about you? Do you agree with Harry? Tell us all about it in the comments below.