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I agree with the previous writer who said what a beautiful story this
is. It is poignantly sad, with a nostalgic feel about the whole thing,
not least in the setting - a decaying British seaside resort in the mid
'70s. But what I cannot agree with is that the couple are still "very
happy" with each other. On the contrary, I think one of the saddest
things about the play is that they are clearly incredibly, almost
intolerably BORED with each other. Yes, they have got used to being
together, but that is part of the trouble. The lady has managed to
convince herself that all is fine, because she has to believe it or
what would have been the point of her life? - but the man's irritation
is constantly bubbling under the surface of his old-fashioned decency
and courtesy. In my opinion, Bennett has hit on one of the sad truths
of human life: that a large number of people who stay married for
decades do it just because there is literally nothing else to do.
A marvellous play for all kinds of reasons. But try not to take it
merely at face value - there are numerous side issues such as the one I
mentioned above. I just wish this kind of play was written nowadays,
but sadly, good playwriting seems a lost art. The BBC's "Play For
Today" was superb - now we have to endure Trinny and Susannah telling
us what clothes to wear.
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