Given his part in the development of the tragedy engulfing the Raphaels and given his ambiguous sexuality—he lives alone, he knows he is suspected of being homosexual, and at one point Stark calls him "an old queen"—what motivates Cleave? At the end, Cleave is left alone, and he reports, "I have not retired as I planned to. I still have work to do. Edgar remains on the top ward in the Refractory Block. . . . I now possess all the drawings he made of her in the studio, and also the sketch done in the vegetable garden. . . . I also have the head. I have had it fired and cast in black bronze. I keep it in a drawer in my desk. . . . It is a thin, beautiful, tiny, anguished head now, no bigger than my hand; but it is her. I often take it out, over the course of the day, and admire it. So you see, I do have my Stella after all."