The Girls in their summer dresses
Men like the way women look. Whether it is women on TV or in magazines, they seem to like to look at women. Is this common among all men to want to look at that girl in the cute dress or the tight jeans? Or maybe it’s only certain guys that have to stare at women as they pass. But what if the man looking is married? That certainly changes the innocence of the stare. In "The Girls in their summer dresses", by Irwin Shaw, Michael Loomis is a guy that likes to stare at women other than his wife. She constantly catches him looking at these women and she calls him out on it. He tries to reassure her that he loves her and is happily married but she isn't convinced. Michael Loomis thinks it’s perfectly fine to look at other women because it’s natural. "God gave me eyes and I look at women and men and subway excavations and moving pictures and the little flowers of the field. I casually inspect the universe.", he tells her. He sees no difference and he thinks its the same either way. In his opinion, looking at other women is just as natural as looking at anything else. Natural to him is that this looking is involuntary, for example, a woman passes him on the street and he can't help but look at her. Being an older man, admiring these women takes him back to when he was younger. This older man is "trapped" in a marriage that restricts how far he can go with other women. On top of all this, his wife sees their marriage differently than he does. She sees their marriage as them being a whole; like she just wants him to herself and that he should want only her. She can't understand why he would want anybody else or even consider looking at another woman. "I haven't even looked at another man since the first time i went out with you." Verisimilitude means “likeness to truth” or "the quality or realism in something". Michael has no choice other than to look at women and that Michael Loomis...
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