By Theodora Kroeber
Frontis. + xi + 292 pp. with a variety of illus., eightvo.
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We sat several rows apart. From time to time I would take out my compact and wink at him in the mirror. A heady feeling, to be a conspirator. If my parents would not relent, I would simply present them with a fait accompli. When we arrived in Las Vegas, looking around furtively, a chauffeur and limousine were waiting for us. The man said, "Where to, Miss Tierney? " I thought that very odd, if not astonishing. But we had him drive us to the home of a certain Judge Brown, a justice of the peace. We had to wait until Judge Brown, in his home, wrestled with his domestic problems.
Oleg is attractive. He's a gentleman. " I rather liked the fact that he did not have the glossy-picture looks of so many actors. Although we had known each other only a few months, I was completely infatuated. " Father sent me a telegram, asking me to wait at least until fall before I made any decisions. I guessed what he had in mind. " I was not much different than any other girl of twenty. I wanted a church wedding, to wear white, to have my family beside me, celebrating with and for me. There is a special torment reserved for those who are forced to choose between people they love.
According to my mother, many of her symptoms were the same as mine, many years later. She grew withdrawn. If she saw someone she knew walking toward her, she would cross the street to avoid them. From quite a nice character, she turned nervous and vindictive. By the time I was a young girl, old enough to notice how adults behaved, Aunt Claire seemed quite normal. She was gentle and cheerful and I liked to be around her. No one in the family talked about her illness. It was well after my own became fact that any comparisons were made.