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January Learn how and when to remove this template message Love Story is romantic and funny, yet tragic. Oliver Ollie was expected to assume control of his father's business empire, while Jennifer Jenny was a music major studying at Radcliffe College and planning to study in Paris. From very different worlds, Oliver and Jenny are immediately attracted to each other and their love deepens. The story of Jenny and Ollie is a story of two young people who come from two separate worlds and are brought together in the unlikeliest of ways.
Upon graduation from college, the two decide to marry, against the wishes of Oliver's father, who promptly severs all ties with his son. Without financial support, the couple struggles to pay Oliver's way through Harvard's Law School, with Jenny working as a private school teacher.
Graduating third in his class, Oliver gets several job offers and takes up a position at a respectable New York law firm. The couple move to New York City, excited to spend more time together, rather than working and studying. To which, all the time wondering if they had caught Jenny's humor, I could but add: 'Ah? Everybody was quiet.
I tried to sense what was happening. Doubtless, Mother was sizing up Jennifer, checking out her costume not Boho this afternoon , her posture, her demeanor, her accent. Face it, the Sound of Cranston was there even in the politest of moments. Perhaps Jenny was sizing up Mother. Girls do that, I'm told. It's supposed to reveal things about the guys they're going to marry. Maybe she was also sizing up Oliver III.
Did she notice he was taller than I? Did she like his cashmere jacket? Oliver III, of course, would be concentrating his fire on me, as usual. What would he say to that? I suppose not.
Mother, who is always on his side, whatever the circumstances, turned the subject to one of more universal interest - music or art, I believe. I wasn't exactly listening carefully. Subsequently, a teacup found its way into my hand. It seems they had been discussing Puccini - or something, and my remark was considered somewhat tangential. Mother looked at me a rare event. Jenny gave me a look of 'What are you talking about? That's an order. And I don't take that kind of crap even from an Olympic finalist.
We sat at the table obedient to the wishes of Oliver III. He bowed his head. Mother and Jenny followed suit. I tilted mine slightly. Couldn't he have omitted the piety just this once? What would Jenny think? God, it was a throwback to the Dark Ages. Nobody seemed amused. Least of all Jenny. She looked away from me. Oliver III glanced across at me. My mother was from Fall River.
My mother smiled at this, apparently satisfied that her Oliver had taken that set. But not so. There was a brief pause. I awaited some slamming retort. We withdrew into the library for what would definitely be the last round.
Jenny and I had classes the next day, Stony had the bank and so forth, and surely Tipsy would have something worthwhile planned for bright and early. So I brought up a topic. My father pretended to look embarrassed, and my mother seemed to be waiting for me to bow down or something. I mean, it's not Secretary of State, after all! Congratulations, sir. We drove on for a long time without saying a word. But something was wrong. Or, more appropriately, spaghetti sauce.
For Jenny launched into a full - scale offense on paternal love. That whole Italian-Mediterranean syndrome. And how I was disrespectful. Or didn't you notice that? I then turned to Jennifer, mad as hell. I said it several times and in several tones of voice. I mean, I was so terribly upset, I even considered the possibility of there being a grain of truth to her awful suggestion. But she wasn't in great shape, either. I just think it's part of it.
I mean, I know I love not only you yourself. I love your name. And your numeral. But she didn't; she finished her thought: 'After all, it's part of what you are. She was still doing it. But could I face the fact that I wasn't perfect? Christ, she had already faced my imperfection and her own.
Christ, how unworthy I felt! I didn't know what the hell to say. She made a fist and then placed it gently against my cheek. I kissed it, and as I reached over to embrace her, she straight-armed me, and barked like a gun moll: 'Just drive, Preppie. Get back to the wheel and start speeding! My father's basic comment concerned what he considered excessive velocity. I forget his exact words, but I know the text for his sermon during our luncheon at the Harvard Club concerned itself primarily with my going too fast.
He warmed up for it by. I politely suggested that I was a grown man, that he should no longer correct - or even comment upon - my behavior. He allowed that even world leaders needed constructive criticism now and then. I took this to be a not-too-subtle allusion to his stint in Washington during the first Roosevelt Administration. But I was not about to set him up to reminisce about F. So I shut up. We were, as I said, eating lunch in the Harvard Club of Boston.
I too fast, if one accepts my father's estimate. This means we were surrounded by his people.
His classmates, clients, admirers and so forth. I mean, it was a put-up job, if ever there was one. If you really listened, you might hear some of them murmur things like, 'There goes Oliver Barrett.
Only the very nonspecific nature of the talk was glaringly conspicuous. You've presented us with a fait accompli, have you not? And for a girl from her background to get all the way to Radcliffe. I mean, she's not some crazy hippie - ' 'She is not many things. The goddamn nitty gritty. I told him so. As opposed to what?
A boy? A girl? A mouse? Anyway, I stayed. The Sonovabitch derived enormous satisfaction from my remaining seated. I mean, I could tell he regarded it as another in his many victories over me. If this is real, it can stand the test of time. I was standing up to him. To his arbitrariness. To his compulsion to dominate and control my life.
Not legally an adult. As if to compensate for my loudness, Oliver III aimed his next words at me in a biting whisper: 'Marry her now, and I will not give you the time of day.
After the debacle of introducing Jennifer to her potential in-laws 'Do I call them outlaws now? I mean, here I would be bucking that lotsa love Italian-Mediterranean syndrome, compounded by the fact that Jenny was an only child, compounded by the fact that she had no mother, which meant abnormally close ties to her father.
I would be up against all those emotional forces the psych books describe. Plus the fact that I was broke. He comes to see Mr. Cavilleri, a wage-earning pastry chef of that city, and says, 'I would like to marry your only daughter, Jennifer. He would not question Barretto's love, since to know Jenny is to love Jenny; it's a universal truth.
No, Mr. Cavilleri would say something like, 'Barretto, how are you going to support her? Cavilleri's reaction if Barretto informed him that the opposite would prevail, at least for the next three years: his daughter would have to support his son-in-law! Would not the good Mr. Cavilleri show Barretto to the door, or even, if Barretto were not my size, punch him out?
You bet your ass he would. This may serve to explain why, on that Sunday afternoon in May, I was obeying all posted speed limits, as we headed southward on Route Jenny, who had come to enjoy the pace at which I drove, complained at one point that I was going forty in a forty-five-mile-an-hour zone.
I told her the car needed tuning, which she believed not at all. I told him. He said okay. In English, because, as I told you and you don't seem to want to believe, he doesn't know a goddamn word of Italian except a few curses. Thank God, I understood that. I still needed clarification, though. I had to know what I was in for. He was happy.
He had never expected, when he sent her off to Radcliffe, that she would return to Cranston to marry the boy next door who by the way had asked her just before she left. He was at first incredulous that her intended's name was really Oliver Barrett IV. He had then warned his daughter not to violate the Eleventh Commandment. Jenny lived on a street called Hamilton Avenue, a long line of wooden houses with many children in front of them, and a few scraggly trees.
Merely driving down it, looking for a parking space, I felt like in another country. To begin with, there were so many people. Besides the children playing, there were entire families sitting on their porches with apparently nothing better to do this Sunday afternoon than to watch me park my MG. Jenny leaped out first.
She had incredible reflexes in Cranston, like some quick little grasshopper. There was all but an organized cheer when the porch watchers saw who my passenger was. No less than the great Cavilleri! When I heard all the greetings for her, I was almost ashamed to get out.
I mean, I could not remotely for a moment pass for the hypothetical Olivero Barretto. Capodilupo,' I heard Jenny bellow back. I climbed out of the car.
I could feel the eyes on me. Not too subtle around here, are they? Which did wonders for my confidence. Capodilupo in my direction, 'but the girl he's with is really something!
She then turned to satisfy neighbors on the other side. She took my hand I was a stranger in paradise , and led me up the stairs to A Hamilton Avenue. It was an awkward moment. I just stood there as Jenny said, 'This is my father. We shook and he had a strong grip. It was also a scary moment. Because then, just as he let go of my hand, Mr. Cavilleri turned to his daughter and gave this incredible shout: 'Jennifer!
And then they were hugging. Very tight. Rocking to and fro. All Mr. Cavilleri could offer by way of further comment was the now very soft repetition of his daughter's name: 'Jennifer. One thing about my couth upbringing helped me out that afternoon. I had always been lectured about not talking with my mouth full. Since Phil and his daughter kept conspiring to fill that orifice, I didn't have to speak. I must have eaten a record quantity of Italian pastries.
Afterward I discoursed at some length on which ones I had liked best I ate no less than two of each kind, for fear of giving offense , to the delight of the two Cavilleris. What did that mean?
I didn't need to have 'okay' defined; I merely wished to know what of my few and circumspect actions had earned for me that cherished epithet. Did I like the right cookies? Was my handshake strong enough? Cavilleri's daughter. Now I saw. I appreciate it. Really I do. And you know how I feel about your daughter, sir. And you, sir. Cavilleri interrupted, 'can you avoid the profanity? The sonovabitch is a guest! I can't. But I reject him too, Phil. It's rare. Jenny was getting up and down to serve, so she was not involved with most of this.
My father and I have installed a cold line. Believe me when I tell you he'll thaw. When it's time to go to church -' At this moment Jenny, who was handing out dessert plates, directed at her father a portentous monosyllable. Then, leaping instantly to the wrong conclusion, he turned apologetically toward me. I mean, as Jennifer has no doubt told you, we are of the Catholic faith. But, I mean, your church, Oliver. God will bless this union in any church, I swear.
I want to be hit with everything on your minds. On anybody's God? And we won't be hypocrites. He might maybe have hit Jenny. But now he was the odd man out, the foreigner. He couldn't look at either of us. He looked at his daughter for verification. She nodded. My statement was correct.
After another long silence, he again said, 'That's fine. Jenny explained that the ceremony we had in mind would have the college Unitarian chaplain preside 'Ah, chaplain,' murmured Phil while the man and woman address each other. William F. It was no easier repeating it. You are in charge of Financial Aid, aren't you, Dean Thompson? Your father - ' 'He's no longer involved, sir. Barrett,' he said. I wanted to say. This guy was beginning to piss me off. But that's why I've come to you, sir.
I'm getting married next month. We'll both be working over the summer.
Then Jenny - that's my wife - will be teaching in a private school. That's a living, but it's still not tuition. Your tuition is pretty steep, Dean Thompson. But that's all. Didn't this guy get the drift of my conversation?
Why in hell did he think I was there, anyway? A third time. Thompson, hitting upon the technicality. The gory details, maybe? Was it scandal he wanted? Barrett, and I must tell you that I really don't think this office should enter into a family quarrel. A rather distressing one, at that. All sorts of relatives from Cranston, Fall River and even an aunt from Cleveland - flocked to Cambridge to attend the ceremony.
On Thursday, I became Jenny's academic equal, receiving my degree from Harvard - like her own, magna cum laude. Moreover, I was Class Marshal, and in this capacity got to lead the graduating seniors to their seats. This meant walking ahead of even the summas, the super-superbrains. I was almost moved to tell these types that my presence as their leader decisively proved my theory that an hour in Dillon Field House is worth two in Widener Library.
But I refrained. Let the joy be universal. More than seventeen thousand people jam into Harvard Yard on Commencement morning, and I certainly was not scanning the rows with binoculars.
Obviously, I had used my allotted parent tickets for Phil and Jenny. Of course, as an alumnus, Old Stonyface could enter and sit with the Class of ' But then why should he want to? I mean, - weren't the banks open? The wedding was that Sunday. Our reason for excluding Jenny's relatives was out of genuine concern that our omission of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost would make the occasion far too trying for unlapsed Catholics. Timothy Blauvelt, the college Unitarian chaplain, presided.
Jenny asked a girl friend from Briggs Hall and - maybe for sentimental reasons - her tall, gawky colleague at the reserve book desk. And of course Phil.
I put Ray Stratton in charge of Phil. I mean, just to keep him as loose as possible. Not that Stratton was all that calm! The pair of them stood there, looking tremendously uncomfortable, each silently reinforcing the other's preconceived notion that this 'do-it-yourself wedding' as Phil referred to it was going to be as Stratton kept predicting 'an incredible horror show.
We had actually seen it done earlier that spring when one of Jenny's musical friends, Marya Randall, married a design student named Eric Levenson. It was a very beautiful thing, and really sold us on the idea, 'Are you two ready? Blauvelt to the others, 'we are here to witness the union of two lives in marriage.
Let us listen to the words they have chosen to read on this sacred occasion. Jenny stood facing me and recited the poem she had selected. It was very moving, perhaps especially to me, because it was a sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett: When our two souls stand up erect and strong, Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher, Until the lengthening wings break into fire.
From the corner of my eye I saw Phil Cavilleri, pale, slack-jawed, eyes wide with amazement and adoration combined. We listened to Jenny finish the sonnet, which was in its way a kind of prayer for A place to stand and love in for a day, With darkness and the death' hour rounding it. Then it was my turn. It had been hard finding a piece of poetry I could read without blushing.
I mean, I couldn't stand there and recite lace-doily phrases. I couldn't. I give you my hand! I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live? I finished, and there was a wonderful hush in the room. Then Ray Stratton handed me the ring, and Jenny and I - ourselves - recited the marriage vows, taking each other, from that day forward, to love and cherish, till death do us part.
By the authority vested in him by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mr. Timothy Blauvelt pronounced us man and wife. Upon reflection, our 'post-game party' as Stratton referred to it was pretentiously unpretentious. Jenny and I had absolutely rejected the champagne route, and since there were so few of us we could all fit into one booth, we went to drink beer at Cronin's.
As I recall, Jim Cronin himself set us up with a round, as a tribute to 'the greatest Harvard hockey player since the Cleary brothers.
I mean, we were all smashed, and it was just an excuse for getting more so.
I let Phil pick up the tab, a decision which later evoked one of Jenny's rare compliments about my intuition 'You'll be a human being yet, Preppie'. It got a little hairy at the end when we drove him to the bus, however. I mean, the wet-eyes bit. His, Jenny's, maybe mine too; I don't remember anything except that the moment was liquid. Anyway, after all sorts of blessings, he got onto the bus and we waited and waved until it drove out of sight.
It was then that the awesome truth started to get to me. Usually it was just break even. And there's nothing romantic about it, either. Remember the famous stanza in Omar Khayyam?
You know, the book of verses underneath the bough, the loaf of bread, the jug of wine and so forth? Substitute Scott on Trusts for that book of verses and see how this poetic vision stacks up against my idyllic existence. Ah, paradise? No, bullshit. All I'd think about is how much that book was could we get it secondhand? And then how we might ultimately scrounge up the dough to pay off our debts. Life changes. Even the simplest decision must be scrutinized by the ever vigilant budget committee of your mind.
It just means three bucks.