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her with you today, when you indicated you wanted to talk about Ruth, I sort of thought I could do it better here than I could in the office. But this was her house, no question about it, and I don't say that with any rancor or anything else. It was just that she made it a wonderful place to live.




Well, this room is no longer her room. She had it differently than the way it is. I changed it, because I wanted to be--I just couldn't live with everything the way it was. But this little table, for example, we found together in Denmark. It didn't fit with anything particularly. She had it in storage in the basement. I had always intended to have it painted white, and she didn't think it worked we were going to use it. But we both loved it. We both were interested in it when we found it and had it shipped back. It's just an old 17th-century table, but the house is full of things that we came together--Oh, I could go on forever. I don't know enough about other marriages to know how the role of husband and wife--But when I hear of kids saying, “Well, I'll get married for ten years and then go on and do something else.” I think they're nuts. But it's going on. You know the figures as well as I do.

When I was fifty, I felt that maybe she would have a happier life if she were married to someone else. I don't know who, but I know it was a very intensive period, with the business demands on my time. I remember saying to myself in the shower that morning, “Maybe this is the time when we ought to sit down and talk about dissolving the marriage.” We never had any talks about it--don't misunderstand me--but that's the only time I can remember saying, “Maybe it could work better for her if--” And I guess I was saying maybe it would work better for me, too. But I wasn't interested in anybody else. I was interested in my work. There's no

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