The author sets the scene with the two couples sitting around a table drinking gin and making small talk. The real story begins when the topic of love comes up.
Terri, Mel’s wife, was once married to an abusive man, who “...went on dragging me (Terri) around the living room. My head kept knocking on things.... What do you do with love like that?.... People are different, Mel. Sure, sometimes he may have acted crazy. Okay. But he loved me. In his own way maybe, but he loved me.” (pp 110-111) To the reader, it seems hard to believe that there could be love in a relationship where one partner physically abuses the other. However, in Terri’s case, both Terri and her ex-husband felt that they were in love. This coincides with the author’s theme that early on in a relationship, people have misconceptions about their love.
Later on, Mel describes his former relationship in which he believed to have found love, but now realizes that the love was lost somewhere along the line. Mel says, “There was a time when I thought I loved my first wife more than life itself. But now I hate her guts. I do.” (p 114) Mel’s former relationship was once full of love, but eventually the love withered away until it was gone. Also, Mel talks about how love can continue... [continues]
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