He has a metaphysical discussion with his female rescuer about his inability to feel loved by another for who he is rather than the service he provides, though she dies for him. In the final scene we see that he has returned to pattern living with a sugar-daddy. It's the only thing he knows. Having been shunted from place to place as an orphan has left him with no feeling of self-worth, as he declares, his case worker paid him 50 P at 10 to service her. Being a cute boy is not necessarily an asset.