Maternal Instinct and The Subconscious

by jesse

When episode 17 aired, many were puzzled: why was Deoksun suddenly smitten with Taek?

Here’s my theory – love can occur in the subconscious. While Deoksun wasn’t aware of her feelings, her actions were a clear indicator. Even when she was testing out Junghwan’s feelings, something was brewing in the undercurrent.

In the period when Deoksun was obsessed with Sunwoo. He tore a ligament and look at what Deoksun did. [Episode 4]

It may sound funny, but I think love triggers Deoksun’s maternal instinct. Many people thought she was just babying Taek. But the truth is, she wasn’t always like this to him. In episode 3, Taek was obviously struggling with his chopsticks, but Deoksun didn’t notice or help him at all.

Deoksun also wipes Noeul’s mouth with her thumb, kinda dirty actually, and even in 2015, Deoksun still treats Noeul like a baby.

It may sound funny, but I think love triggers Deoksun’s maternal instinct. Many people thought she was just babying Taek. But the truth is, she wasn’t always like this to him. In episode 3, Taek was obviously struggling with his chopsticks, but Deoksun didn’t notice or help him at all.

Deoksun also wipes Noeul’s mouth with her thumb,
kinda dirty actually.
Even in 2015, Deoksun still treats Noeul like a baby.

Taek appa’s instruction to Deoksun for the China trip was short and simple: all she has to do is make sure that he eats.
But what did Deoksun do?

She packed his clothes, coordinated his outfits.
She brought TWO heater mats from home…even stealing from Sung Bora, and kept none for herself.

She packed his clothes, coordinated his outfits.
She brought TWO heater mats from home…even stealing from Sung Bora, and kept none for herself.

And even changed his room because she’s afraid he won’t be able to sleep…
Braving the cold to queue to buy his meal from a good restaurant.

And even changed his room because she’s afraid he won’t be able to sleep…
Braving the cold to queue to buy his meal from a good restaurant.

That’s major maternal instinct at work if you ask me, and also what loving partners do all the time.
Notably, Deoksun started caring for Taek ever since the China trip.
Entering Taek’s world of competitive baduk and seeing a different side of him had definitely changed her.

She reminded him repeatedly not to overdose on medication, stopped others from disturbing him prior to a major competition; made sure he ate breakfast, tucked him to sleep, cut his pork cutlet, and even brought fish bread for him at 11pm.

She wipes his chin, tucks his feet under a blanket, and waits for him to return late at night.

She wipes his chin, tucks his feet under a blanket, and waits for him to return late at night.

And when Dongryong asked if she liked Taek more than himself, it was her subconscious that replied.

And when Dongryong asked if she liked Taek more than himself, it was her subconscious that replied.

Just like us, Deoksun is also on the hunt for her husband. It would be simplistic to assume that she had always known who she truly loved right from the beginning, or that her feelings would stay true over the years.
When Taek gave Deoksun a princess swoop and made her heart flutter, all those feelings of affection hidden in the subconscious finally surfaced in that moment of epiphany.

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