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Marie follows him into the rut: “When did you ask me to have sex? Go through it with the couples,” she says, gesturing around the room. “Was it last night?”

“Last night—and then several times last week.”

“Okay.” Marie pounces. “Now what was going on last night when you asked me that?”

“You were doing a lot of study.” Clem is a deer caught in the headlights.

“No, I was not doing a lot of study. It’s different, different.”

“Can I stop you both?” Marie and Clem both train their eyes on Coché. “I want the group to give you a little feedback. Let’s clue into the noncontent way you’re communicating.”


From The Husbands and Wives Club, A Year in the Life of  A Couples Therapy Group by Laurie Abraham.




A. marriage is hard
B. marriage is long
C. marriage is bliss
D. none of the above
E. all of the above

So, you think that highly of Marie, do you? Seems to me group couples’ therapy is probably an every-man-for-himself kind of game. Exhibitionism, really. Laurie Abraham the one way over on the dark side – where she probably likes it.

The role of Lord Vader will be played by Marie.
The doomed admiral will be played by Clem.
The part of the captain, who gains a dangerous position of authority, will be played by the marriage counselor, Coché.

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