Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tolstoy's FAMILY HAPPINESS

Family Happiness Fig. 1

The play Family Happiness ran here in New York last week at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. I missed it, because it only had performances on Tuesday and Wednesday and I don't get a chance to read my stack of The New York Times until Friday; thus, I didn't know about the play until it was too late.

The play is based on Leo Tolstoy's novella Family Happiness (1859), which is about Marya, a 17-year-old girl who marries 36-year-old Sergey. Their rural based marriage goes well, until they visit St. Petersburg and Marya becomes infatuated by the splendors of the big city and contemplates having an affair with a younger man. (The actress playing Marya doesn't look very young. Fig.1)


While reading the novella I was reminded of Hugh Hefner who made it a point to take his young girlfriends out on a regular basis. They went partying at least twice per week in addition to other engagements like awards ceremonies and sporting events.(I wrote in the past tense, because Hef recently got married.) If you follow Hef on Twitter you'll learn that he continues to have weekly Uno games, movie nights and pool parties. 

However, keeping your nymphet entertained doesn't guarantee that she won't leave you for a younger man, but what is a (likely) guarantee is that she'll come crawling back to you once that relationship sours.

In The Allure of Nymphets, I wrote about Tolstoy, who practiced what he wrote. At 34-years-old Tolstoy married 18-year-old Sophia. 



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