AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Alan Stewart, Clara's preferred beau at the start of the film. Was he AmbiguouslyGay and just using his kinda sorta courtship with Clara as a cover for his homosexuality, or just so emotionally castrated by his mother that he simply could not form a truly healthy, loving relationship with another woman? Did he not want children of his own (as Clara did) or was it a class/social standing issue - Alan coming from an old money family that brought him up to be a cultured gentleman while the Varners were either new money but led by a father who was such a brute that his behavior reflected badly on Clara (who was a genuinely nice and bright young woman whose biggest flaw was her sexual repression)?