• Explores how Henry James’s “The Beast in the Jungle” reads exactly as the sort of clinging back to a projected mother-figure, after freedom began to spell feelings of abandonment that psychically were proving increasingly intolerable, that object relations therapists finds in patients. Delineates how much of the story amounts to a tussle between “son” and “mother,” involving when exactly the mother-debt could be gauged to have been sufficiently paid off to permit a renewal of separation.