Elizabeth Taylor’s The Soul of Kindness (1964)
“Just imagine, as a child, being told that some day one will have to belong to some other person, so finally that only death could put an end to it. You couldn’t blame the child for bursting into tears at the idea. To be under the same roof till kingdom come.”
This is Patrick and Flora discussing marriage and, indeed, it seems all that miserable for all involved.
And, yet, Elizabeth Taylor’s astute observations and wry appreciation of the ironies in our world, lightens the tone.
At times, one almost thinks she is reading a romantic story.
But then the doves fly straight into the sun.