Jacques is trying to warn David. He seems to sympathize with with David, and understands what he is going through, because he too went through the same thing during his youth. Jacques has made it clear to David that his greatest regret within his love life is ever having hidden from the world that he was gay. He pretty much explains that he could have taken the risk and know what would have happened as opposed to getting old, living life with regrets, and coming out when it was too late to enjoy youthful love. This conversation makes it seem as though taking the risk would be the better choice. I agree with this, if it gives you a shot at happiness, and you’re unhappy, you literally have nothing to lose. To me, this would foreshadow what David’s life would be like, if he doesn’t learn to accept his identity in it’s entirety, and explore it and grow as a person in this time. I compare him to Jacques, and I imagine Jacques does the same every time he looks at David. It’s almost how a parent looks at their kid, and hopes that their kid can avoid the mistakes they made, and learn to live happily.
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