Foreign Affairs Themes

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Foreign Affairs depicts non-marital sexual relationships between four couples: Vinnie and Chuck, Rosemary and Fred, Posy and Just William and Edwin and Nico. Vinnie, conscious of her physical blandness, briefly tried marriage but lost her husband to a close friend. Convinced that however good she is in bed, she will never truly be loved, Vinnie fights old-age eroticism, is severely Victorian about her body and nakedness in general, but cannot suppress her feelings and comes to London hoping for adventure.

Chuck, married to a controlling wife intent on dumping him so she can marry a rich lover with fundamentalist-Christian right-wing political aspirations, also yearns for love and he expresses it openly and often to Vinnie once she opens her shell enough for him to enter. Only after his sudden death does Vinnie realize what they briefly shared. Rosemary has been twice married and divorced and has been involved...

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