The beginning of Gogol and Maxine's history begins during Gogol's time working at an architecture firm. Gogol is invited to a dinner party hosted by one of his coworkers. Gogol arrives at this gathering, and is greeted by an environment which he never has encountered before; a party of intellectuals, eating grapes and discussing the latest films. At this party, Gogol has his first encounter with "the New York woman", and her name is Maxine Ratliff. The minute Gogol sets eyes on her he is intrigued by her seductive nature, her forward attitude, and her older image. Maxine is a new kind of woman to Gogol. She challenges him mentally and catches Gogol completely off guard by making the first move. The next morning after their meeting at the party, Maxine awakens Gogol at ten A.M., a time to which he is not accustomed to waking, and invites him to a "private dinner party" at her parents home.
The next evening, Gogol takes a cab to the home of the Ratliffs. He arrives at a large, elegant home, one which he, himself has never lived in. Gogol enters the home and is greeted by very minimal and modern furnishings. At dinner, Gogol meets Maxine's parents,... [continues]
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