barb, what a perfect analysis! as for the relationship between claire and frank, i believe claire was 18 when they first married [although she did look older in that early scene in episode 8], and that her needs for a relationship were light years apart from what they had become during the 6 subsequent years in which she and frank were separated by ww2. it wasn’t only the age difference by then [although age is a factor in change], but also their experiences during that period of separation. i think that both tried to find a way back to how things were between them when they first married, but that the door had by now been closed. i suspect that frank’s despair when claire disappeared had alot to do with a belief that she was still the claire he had first married; there had not been enough time for him to grasp that she was not.