Author: Gordon Osmond
Heroine: Erin O’Malley
Erin is a 19-year-old chemistry major who lives in the small town of Johnson , Ohio.
I would like the novel to speak for itself in describing Erin ’s strength and her sex appeal.
Danton decided that someone should answer the door. When he did, he was rewarded with the sight of a young girl, for many years cute, now airily inhabiting the cusp between seriously pretty and downright beautiful.
Eileen then seriously overplayed her hand, "And you need your rest, my dear. You are looking a little tired," to which every male in the room vigorously chorused, "She is!?"
Eileen’s thoughts fell into easy focus on the little monster that had attracted totally disproportionate attention at Adrian 's welcoming party. That Erin had done so without the slightest intention of so doing only heightened Eileen's annoyance.
Erin’s intelligence is perhaps best displayed when she explains to her ex-boyfriend’s father why she decided to terminate the romance.
"Look, Mr. Brockway. I really hadn't meant to get into this, much less with you, but there's a limit to how much baloney I can be asked to consume on any one occasion."
Erin began to walk up and down in front of an amazed audience of one.
"To take your points, not necessarily in order, Kyle's heightened sensitivity of which you speak so reverentially is, as best I can tell, dedicated exclusively to the service of his own wants and needs. His chronic lateness is not an endearing eccentricity but rather a clear expression of his assessment of the relative values of his time and that of others which is disrespectful at best. It's the same kind of arrogance that causes him to use the answering machine to screen calls when he's home and could perfectly well talk to whoever is caring enough to call him—another of his little habits that drives me crazy. By the way, as my dentist says, stop me at any point. No, on second thought, don't.
"You asked me twice if I thought he was under more pressure going into a field like ballet. I think less. Why? Because no one expects him to succeed. His failure is pre-approved. I mean, you went to law school, right? People expected you to graduate because most do. They expected you to earn a living as a lawyer because most do. If you'd failed, you would have been treated as some sort of inferior reject that got shunted off the assembly line as defective. Kyle's going into a field where failure is the norm so there's no stigma attached to it. Indeed, society cedes a sort of heroism to the struggle regardless of the outcome."
With a master debater's instinct for saving the jugular thrust for last, Erin summed up her argument.
"And I'd feel a lot better about that desire to please thousands of people simultaneously if I didn't think it were born of an accurately perceived constitutional incapacity to please them one by one. That's it—over and out."
"Whew!" was all that Danton could manage at first. Then he recovered sufficiently to add, "And I thought love was blind."
"It is. But 'like' is twenty-twenty."
"You've clearly given this a lot of thought," Dan observed.
"I'd like to think I give everything important a lot of thought."
Danton was beaten and absorbed in the prospect of getting this nineteen-year-old chemistry major to become a lawyer.
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