Amado wrote:God I love Jack. Total bad-ass. He does what you're SUPPOSED to do when "friend-zoned" (I hate that term): accept it.
And yet, when we get a glimpse of his feelings later, it's pretty obvious that he's not over her.
Agreed, he's still in love, years later. But he has the balls to be totally smitten with her, and to accept that she doesn't feel the same way about him with total grace.
I've been grooving on this idea of "enthusiastic consent," or as http://markmanson.net/fuck-yes
puts it "'Fuck Yes' or No." Jillian doesn't love Jack the way he loves her, but (unlike most StupidWorld transactions) his caring love for her is undiminished by that fact. A wiser fool than I.