By Louise DeSalvo
Louise DeSalvo dangers all, within the corporation of Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, and Madam Recamier. via filtering the tale of her personal husband's affair via other's tales, she revels within the consistently intriguing myth and tells from the customarily painful truth of adultery. The conclusions she attracts, and the stability she unearths in her marriage and in others, make ADULTERY a enjoyable, poignant, and compassionate publication.
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And like many another foolish lover, she told Fullerton how much she needed him, and she gave her diary to him to read. He learned that she was so smitten with him that he had the upper hand in their relationship. This hastened its end, for Fullerton preferred his lovers to be unavailable, unobtainable, which is why he initially chose the married Wharton. Wharton wrote letters to Fullerton which read pretty much like anyone else's love letters, especially the pained ones written when it becomes obvious Page 10 to her that, although he might be the most important man in her life, she is but one of many women in his.
Would you like to talk to the woman I talked to in Iowa? Maybe it was the same woman that Waller talked to in writing The Bridges of Madison County. '' Well, it depends on what you call moral. " Yes, certainly. " Times, it seems, haven't changed. Then there is the retaliatory adultery story. As in Nora Ephron's Heartburn (which attacks her ex-husband). As in Flaubert's Madame Bovary (which attacks his lover Louise Colet, among others, as Colet's biographer Francine du Plessix Gray points out).
You feel suffocated. You need to find a way to get out of this cage. Soon. Now. You want romance in your life. You need romance in your life to come alive. Without it, you will continue to feel dead inside. This is, you tell yourself, the first day of the rest of your life. A couple of days later, you see someone you know, someone you may have been introduced to once or twice before, maybe someone you work with, and that person suddenly looks different, has an aura, where previously the person was just someone else you worked with or for.
ADULTERY by Louise DeSalvo