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Old 2008-12-02, 05:29   Link #74
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CH aka Chocaholic Heaven
Age: 35
Originally Posted by Vexx View Post
Normally if a guy puts up with this, its because he's counting on some sort of delicious cuddly reward at the end (the spiny exterior hiding creamy nougat filling).
Ryuuji is pretty durable - he doesn't cower before Taiga - but he seems to *need* to take care of her (warts and all) - initially because he thinks it'll move him into reach of Minorin. As it goes on though, he seems to have forgotten that goal mostly --- middle of the swamp, so busy fighting alligators you forget the goal was to drain the swamp.

If they wanted to be particularly tragic, the author would have Taiga falling head-over-heels for him, but him rejecting her because he remembers he was targeting Minorin. Aieee, that'd be messy.
Wasn't it establised in the novel that he already sees his relation with Taiga as satisfactory? As it provides him with more and more cleaning challenges, plus a few neat material rewards (IIRC, he had an interior monologue about that while cleaning Taiga's locker in novel 2, also he asked her for some Chanel towels that she never unpacked in return).

The way he is developped in the novels, Ryujii REALLY takes pleasure from cleaning, especially nice things: he was really overjoyed at the prospect of having to clean Ami's luxurious vacation house.
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