This is for those who follow the adventures of Lizzie and Alice.
In recent times, I often have to explain the relationship of my favorite characters. I suddenly realized that I was well aware of the reasons and motivations. Only, I didn't realize this and didn't bother to tie this together.
Now, If desired, I can give an assessment of what is happening in terms of psychoanalysis, but I will confine myself to a brief reference.
According to the status Alice - housekeeper. In fact, she is a civil wife of a Professor.
Alice is young enough, but she had to "grow up early." She is a "girl from people", but he is quite educated.
Alice is enough independent, but sometimes she wants to be subordinate and dependent. Her status allows her to realize both of these qualities.
She's a little jealous of Lizzie, but knows that Lizzie is not her rival.
The relationship between Professor and Alice has long been established. They need each other and know this well.
Probably, this is a former student of the Professor, who could not continue her studies. The professor hires her as a maid.
Unlike Alice, Lizzie is very infantile. She is capricious, self-centered, and often requires attention.
In relations with the Professor, she tries to take the place of Alice, but does not understand that this is impossible. Because the professor has a little fatherly feelings for her.
In fact, Lizzie is very satisfied with his status of "pupil", with all the pluses and minuses.
It is a mysterious person. I know that he is not young and a bit... not of this world. When I learn more, I will certainly tell.
Now I can say that he needs both girls. But in different ways.
Just a cat.
p.s. Yes, I know that it's like a "soap opera". I myself was very surprised.