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Nash, Edith / Practice the here and now: selected writings of Edith Nash
(2001)

Nash, Edith
Sixteen,   pp. 13-15


Page 15

  15Star Inn for dinner, I felt a thrill of a forbidden place, a forbidden
meeting, and a very adult assignation. But the only thing I remember about
the meal, which must have been very good, was that my partner ordered steak
and asked for mayonnaise to go with it. This was absolutely astonishing to.
me, and he suddenly dropped several feet in my estimation.
 Another time I went to his apartment, somewhere on the north side. I went
mostly because I had been told never to do that. We talked and once embraced,
standing. He ran his finger just above the neckline of my dress and urged
me to leave and go home to Oak Park. I felt little or nothing. His physical
presence was so much less than the image of him I had carried in my head.
 I remember telling one or two of my girlfriends about this mammoth affair
and in the telling I felt a sense of romance never experienced in Lucky's
company. Perhaps he left town or didn't take any more classes at Lewis Institute.
The following year I went to Vassar as planned and learned to believe, to
love some people, to hate some, to act in my own behalf and even occasionally
on behalf of others. I had turned seventeen and didn't go to the movies anymore.


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