Dust Over the City


For Love Or Money

People inevitably encounter many problematic situations in their lifetime. Some problems may be more serious than others, but the fact remains that it is alsways their choice as to how they will react and whether or not they will "sink or swim." A survivor is aperson who, depite whatever hardships they encounter, will face their problems head on and will not back down. They always do whatever humanly possible overcome these obstaclsand supersede eveyone?s excpectations and sometimes even their own. Such people share common characteristics ; steadfest courage, the ability to adapt and adjust and a perservering attitude. Through Jim and Masdeline Dubois the central characters in Dust Over the City, the author presents such a case as shown through their many ordeals and their reactions to them. This is evident in their encounter with other and Alains patients, their battle with loneliness and the decision to move to the mining town, adjusting to the new city and accepting the fact with little provisions this is where they must live now. In Andre Langevins novel Dust Over the City the characters Alain and Madeline are the embodiment of two people that are newly wed and the problems that each other face may or may not be normal.

Alain and Madeline were a very unhappy married couple and there were many things underlying their true feeling about each other. This is proved when Madeline meets someone. Alain is confronted with this great big beast of a man who works in a bare and owns the restaurant. The only thing Alain could do to survive the marriage and win Madelines live back was to fight back despite the unequal balance and size of strength and the poor odds of winning. When the author writes "The man was the size of a great black bear against this liitle man." This proves Alain love for Madeline was unconditional and leading to great advances. Through this incident we can readily see that this man was truly brave. He stood up, remained calm and the ultimately defeated this enormous man where he could have easily chose to give up and he would of most likely been slaughtered. It was his bravery that allowed him to survive.

Also this married couple was being torn apart by the wife Madeline. She had moved with Alain to this new city and Alain a succesful doctor, may not have the greatest looks or a muscular body but he loves Madeline more than anything in the world. She plays the unmarried role in front of the city when Alain?s not around. The author states "She was dancing throughout the night with every guy at every table, like a single drunk woman would do, not knowing she was married." (183) Alain felt that all he could do was love her and treat her the best anyone can treat someone else that they love. He shows his loyalness to her and gives her the world and then some. Alain was a man who?s marriage was falling apart because of his wife who now showed him and proved to him that she was in it for the money and not for the love. Madeline who showed no care towards the man she had walked down the aisle with and moved to this city where neither of them wanted to live but thought that they could live on love.

These adventures were also able to adjust abd adapt to adverse conditions and situations. When Alain and Madeline had took a trip to the woods one weekend they were presented with very dreary circumstances. Madeline had badly bruised her leg, their plane was destroyed and had lost a good portion of their food supply. This is clearly proven by the quotes, "Let?s see your leg?I bet it hurts, but it isn?t broken. Only bruised. You will be able to run in a week at least." (196) Further , "no fire no food ? these were blows to strong to bear," (199) but fortunately " there was enough equipment here for any real woodsman to make a living for weeks." (201) Despite these setbacks they were able to live off the land, catching fish and squirrels for food proving the Dr. Alain Dubois was more than a doctor. They finally had started a fire with a magnifying