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Summary of the Book 'A Marriage':
Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage is a book of short stories by Alice Munro published by McClelland and Stewart in 2001. In 2006 the story The Bear Came over the Mountain was adapted into a film Away from Her which was directed by Sarah Polley and produced by Atom Egoyan. A film adaptation of the story Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage starring Julianne Moore and directed by Noam Murro has been slated for a 2011 release.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Marriage':
... smoke, watched him with interest rather than with sympathy, and could not repress a smile when Catterson, coming abruptly out of dreamland, ... ... her at such a disadvantage in life as illegitimacy entails he felt that he ought at least to give the expected child all the rights which a legal ... ... that West should be favourably impressed by Nettie Hooper. His manner became more nervous, his stammer increased a red spot burned on either cheek. ... ... a dowdy home-made gown. I hope you've got a good dinner for us, Catterson began at once, stammering over every consonant. I don't know ... ... some time to see it perhaps, but once you had seen it you wondered you could have overlooked it before. Yet West had no sooner admitted the fact ... ... close copy of Catterson's own. Women, whose characters are still undeveloped, and whose writing therefore remains unformed, almost invariably do ... ... hammered out the answer to the oscillations of the carriage, the vibration of the woodwork, the flicker of the lamp, as the train rumbled through ... ... inspiriting Saturday, that a twenty mile pull from Maidenhead brought them by afternoon in sight of the picturesque old bridge at Sonning. Here, ... ... theatrical. So was her costume of pale blue and white so was the knot of broad ribbon fastening her sailor collar so was the Jack Tar cap, ... ... wife, with the ordinary contempt for her husband's foibles and wishes. She could talk of the trials of housekeeping and the iniquities of servants ... ... out for them, and dusted down three Windsor chairs, he went to spread a tarpaulin over the canoe. The darkness of the little room grew deeper ... ... been looked for in return. But there must have been others, West told himself, to whom she owed a greater debt-the relations, or friends, who had ... ... the preferred child, could not. Catterson had never alluded to the subject, but for all that, West knew that he was profoundly hurt by the difference ... ... of late, any nervous energy which might have been contentiously employed, was used up in fighting off the various trifling ailments that continuously ... ... stool against the fender. She did not move as West came in, but raising her eyes considered him, as was her wont, with a steadfast neutrality. ... ... in the world like it. Indeed unless it maims you for life, it cures every evil that flesh is heir to. But I suppose the chances are in ... ... 'You can just come in here and buy me some furs. Now I'm your wife you needn't suppose I'm going through another winter in my wretched little old ... ... Marriage is the metamorphosis of women-the Circe wand which changes back all these smiling, gentle, tractable, little girls into their true forms. ... ... that one way or another, marriage spells ruin. He was back again in the unhappy present, and West felt his heart wrung. Yet there was no help ... ... and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology ...