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The Girls In Their Summer Dresses a short story in third-person limited point of view by Irwin Shaw tells of a young couples conflict with commitment and communication On a sunny Sunday morning in New York City Frances and Michael stroll arm in arm along Fifth Avenue making plans to spend an entire day together without interferences from the Stevensons or other friends Frances sees that Michaels attention is diverted to the many beautiful women passing them on the street Upset by his behavior she asks Michael if he is happy and if so then why does he do this everywhere they go Over drinks Frances confronts him about his wandering eyes and questions his love for her Michael reveals that he loves the way women look and when Frances asserts that one day he will be unfaithful Michael agrees with her Frances feels that the day is now ruined and resorts to calling the Stevensons The universal truth behind this story is that the innate differences between men and women coupled with lack of communication will cause a marriage to stagnate and become an uneasy compromise Insensitive and inconsiderate of his wifes feelings Michael openly admits his attraction to other women Frances wants to know his true feelings and he gives them to her cold I got all this stuff accumulated in me because Ive been thinking about it for ten years and now youve asked for it and here it is He does not acknowledge his wifes despair he knows he is wrong and yet he feels righteous because so far it has only been a physical attraction Michael blithely dismisses his wifes pleas for reassurance Dont be foolish he tells her as he reaches over to pat her thigh comfortingly all the while trying to brush off the topic Despite his vows to love and honor his wife Michaels inability to control his lust for other women and his unwillingness to
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