DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:What you are saying stroch is that his outward appearance is of no importance to him because what is taking place in his own mind is infinitely more interesting than what is taking place around him...(Sorry! Your post just reminded me of that quote from TL.) Although in Sebastian's mind he isn't necessarily trying to connect the inner and the outer persona.
I think that Sebastian was afraid of success and becoming like his father, as much as failure. His father is like the 800-pound elephant in the corner that he never acknowledges... Yet he put thousands of miles between himself and a dying man to make that point. His reaction to his father’s death was the reaction of someone emotionally betrayed who had grieved over the loss of that person a long time ago.
His father gave him a “good” life in terms of material wealth but left him so emotionally needy, he eventually lost his moral compass.