Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tolstoy's FAMILY HAPPINESS: A Rural Russian Nymphet Seduced by the Big City

Family Happiness (2013), the playran here in New York City at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The play is based on Family Happiness (1859), Leo Tolstoy's novellawhich is about Marya, a 17-year-old nymphet who marries 36-year-old Sergey. (Unsurprisingly, Tolstoy practiced what he wrote. At 34, Tolstoy married 18-year-old Sophia.)

The rural based marriage of Sergey and Marya goes well, until the age-gap couple visits St. Petersburg where Marya becomes infatuated by the splendors of the big city and contemplates having an affair with a younger man. 

While reading the novella, I was reminded of Hugh Hefner who made it a point to take his young bunnies out on a regular basis. They went partying at least twice per week in addition to other engagements like awards ceremonies and sporting events. And they had 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 attempt to return to her (much older) man once the relationship with her peer sours.

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