Why, towards the end of the story, Jack did not feel like talking, touching, working with her? Also,what cage he was referring to?

the cage is just a metaphor for his situation, since he felt trapped in his 'condition'. He was caught b/w the way a child looks at a problem, and the way a parent does.He understood why Jo wanted the ending of the story to be different, but being a parent, he felt that he had to take the parent's side. He was also trying to teach Jo to trust her mother's judgement, and to retain her individduality, and not to change herself because of peer pressure.

He felt that he was alone in his dilema, and so though he sensed that his wife was involved indirectly in the situation, he did not feel like sharing what he felt with. He wanted to be alone.

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Thank You so much!!!

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