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A Serious Talk The concept of a relationship being over is hard for some to grasp Ending a relationship is many times one persons decision For some the concept of not feeling wanted by that other person is too hard to handle Feelings of jealousy surface and people choose different ways to deal with this Denial anger and resentment are classic ways of coping with the hardships of losing a partners love and support A Serious Talk by Raymond Carver expresses this inability to let go of a relationship A Serious Talk is a story of a divorced couple Vera and Burt Vera lives with their children in her home that was once theirs and Burt frequently visits despite Veras clear indication that she does not want him there Vera has established a new life with different friends and a new love interest while Burt lives as though they are still together not able to let go The story begins as Burt pulls into the driveway of Veras house Carver reflects back to the previous night when Burt had entered the house with Christmas presents for his children and ex-wife and they all exchange gifts Burt sits down in his old chair and feels a sense of normalcy he liked it where he was He liked it in front of the fireplace a glass in his hand his house his home Carver 163 Burt then walks toward the fireplace and throws five sawdust logs in it and darts for the patio door taking six pies that the author describes as one for every ten times she had ever betrayed him Carver 163 showing how Burt is aware of his actions and linking them to reasoning Burt is not the only one encountering problems with change Vera also has her own set of them After the reflection of the previous night as Burt knocks on the back door Vera answers She tells him to leave she
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