The Best American Short Stories of the Century - 565-651 Summary & Analysis

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565-651 Summary

"Gesturing" begins with Richard and his wife, Joan, discussing the fact that their marriage has grown stale. Richard tells Joan that he won't give up his lover, Ruth, and he doesn't believe that Joan will give up her lover either. Joan says she would give him up if Richard asked. Richard tells her not to give her lover up. Richard and Joan had spent their summer vacation in separate places. They would have dinner together at the house once in a while but it always ended in fights. Richard finds a new apartment in the city and calls Ruth to tell her. Ruth tells him that she loves him and after her telling him to do what he feels like doing Richard decides to keep the apartment. Richard has Joan and Ruth over at different times and neither woman tries to clean up...

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