And no more can't I, I said, and think of poor Albert,
And no more can’t I, I said, and think of poor Albert,
Here, the speaker and “friend” of Lil degrades her for her physical appearance and brings her military husband into the picture by stressing how “poor albert” will be disappointed because of his wife’s shabby appearance.
This continues the trope of sexual vagrancy in the poem. Here, the sterility and nearly mechanistic portrayal of sexual acts is described even with in a previously fruitful marriage.
It is important that Lil’s “friend” views Lil’s role in the household as purely sexual and her utility to husband and society only as a sexual object.
The fact that she is a mother to 4 children and has raised them on her own for the past four years while poor Albert has been in the trenches is utterly worthless to the speaker.
In this mode of social configuration the only valuable good is sexual object-hood and Lil, not wanting to play that game and having moved on to more developed social roles—mother, provider, caregiver, etc.—is configured as the abject.
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