I quite agree with iain Inkster-1.
It's long past time that this final sexual taboo was smashed flat. The old man never attempted to abuse her. It was highly unlikely that he would have had the strength. And the young woman was turned 20, so over the age of majority. They were each free to choose.
If there was anything creepy here, it was the way in which this female took advantage of the old man's desire, using it to exploit him any way she could.
Telling him to take a walk while she and her boyfriend ransacked his home and had sex in his bed. How creepy is that?
It was that very exploitation that led to his premature death, after the boyfriend knocked him down. The fact that she had been abused herself and regretted her behaviour afterwards was pretty poor mitigation.
As to sniffing vagina-steeped fingers (something objected to by another contributor) - Yes please! You don't know what you're missing, chum. It's time to pull the plug on your rubber dolly and get adventurous. And do it now; don't wait to grow old.
Curiously; in Clint Eastwood's `The Outlaw Josey Whales', an ancient Indian takes a young squaw to bed and nobody even bats an eyelid. Ah well; I suppose they were just savages...
He never lied to her. He never made her commit acts against her will. Jessie was the age of consent so the relationship was not illegal. In fact, 100 years ago this sort of arrangement would have been encouraged. He was sweet and benevolent and she recognized that. I honestly don't see why people are making such a huge deal out of this sort of relationship. Harold and Maude is considered a classic and it features a similar theme with the gender roles switched.
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