Theme: How Does Joseph O’Neill present LOVE & MORTALITY
Robert Daly is from New York he is married to Martha, who is six months pregnant with their first child. Robert’s roommate, Mark Walter is getting married. Mark’s wedding is going to take place in Italy because that’s where his soon to be wife Electra lives. Robert has to travel alone because his wife is held up at her mother’s house in Columbia Country.
Robert was excited to go to Italy because all of his New York friends told him that Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the world. He was also happy to go there without his wife for a while like it says in the story “His solitude is also a cause of happiness because being alone, these days, is a harmless form of freedom”. he wants to be free for a while, have no obligations , maybe even clear his mind a bit.
At the age of 36 a sinus problem left him in an odourless world, he can’t even smell his wife anymore. That is odd for a man who is in love, It’s like he can’t feel love anymore, love seems to be fading or maybe love was never even there but he has just begun to realize it.
Robert goes out and he sees some signs of an Italian guitar player singing Simon and Garfunkel, he was very disappointed that he was in the most beautiful city and he ended up listening to them, but then he realizes that he would rather listen to that terrible song than visit a church or museum. He doesn’t find any beauty in looking at those old buildings, the creators are dead so what’s the point in discussing it? But people still talk about them like they are very much alive. What’s the point anyways? For him it’s just like a reproduction of a postcard, it’s just an old building. Which people repair year after year to keep it “alive”.
The next day Robert phones his wife Martha she immediately answers “everything is fine, just fine, hanging up before Robert is quite ready for it” Robert is somewhat disappointed in the short conversation they had, he was...