Men are encouraged to “sow” their “oats” with as many women as they want before marriage. But if a woman were to do the same she would be harshly criticized.
he met two women “twenty years ago.”
opposite in looks and opposite in how they impacted him
less attractive were easier to talk to and so they began a relationship that lasted for seven years. It finally came to an end with they both decided he was too shallow and easily bored to truly love someone.
obsessed with another woman who he met at the same time. She had all the physical characteristics of his perfect woman and he was unable to shake her image for his whole life. The poem concludes with the speaker wondering if the two images he keeps of her in his wallet are bringing him bad luck.
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