Having just watched (and enjoyed immensely)this wonderful film I am left with a nagging idea about a subtext concerning Billy, Ezra's best friend. I was wondering what others thought. Here is what I was seeing and why:
Arthur WAS Billies son. This is confirmed for me by the two times that Ezra comments on how Arthur could be Billy. The first time after their arm wrestle when Ezra explains to Lucy that he looked up and Arthur could have been "him" (even his grip was the same)and, more obviously, at the end. Also near the beginning of the film when the wedding party continues at the Fitton house, Ezra comments on Billy having a better singing voice than him and Lucy becomes annoyed (which begs the question "why is she so defensive"? Especially when we later realise that she had a lot of affection for him. She says that nobody cares about Billy because nobody knows him. Ezra explains that he cares and also that Lucy knew him. It is her expression following this comment from Ezra that reveals the whole history of their relationship for me and suggests very strongly that she also loved him (confirmed also about her very fond reminicences decorating the bedroom) - as well as Ezra (which leads to the gay subtext which follows).
For me there is one scene that overwhelmingly convinces me of the unacknowledged homo-erotic subtext underlying Ezra's affection for Billy. After the Pipers have left, Lucy is cleaning the beer glasses whilst Ezra reminisces about Billy outside the kitchen window. He tells a story about the sea water and the shiny brown boots that both he and Billy purchased before the honeymoon. Ezra says:
"our boots were covered with little drops of water all - all glistening away, do you know what Billy said? "You can't beat nature for beauty Ezra" he said. I've never forgot it - that were the big moment of my honeymoon".
Apart from thinking of that as a reference to tanned (masculine) skin glistening with sweat, the fact that this was the highlight of his honeymoon speaks volumes.
Beyond that Lucy also seems to make a connection when prior to that she talks about Billy being on their honeymoon as also being rather "queer".
Anyway, these are my observations about the Billy subtext leading me to the conclusions that both Ezra and Lucy loved Billy - Lucy requited with Arthur being the proof and Ezra unrequited and closeted.
What do people think?