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Miles is jealous of Ekaterin's friendship with Enrique Borgos, who puts his dissertation in biochemistry into verse for her. The scientist-- who works very well with women, notably under their management-- remarks about Miles' mother, Cordelia, "The woman is wasted here. All the women are wasted here...." (224) Borgos is so feminized in this narrative that he is unable to manage his relations in the public sphere himself. Lord Mark and Miles, both, are required to act as his patrons and protectors. back to essay