So, I’ve decided that it is a good time for a recap.
I’ve been introduced to Marian, the main character of the book. She is dating Peter, semi-non-seriously. They have not established any boundaries and Peter is a commitmentphobic male who freaks every time one of his friends get married.
Marian doesn’t necessarily feel the need to settle down (though I get the feeling part of this is to please Peter). She’s ok with going along for the ride.
Marian works at Seymour Surveys in a job that doesn’t offer much advancement, it pays the bills however. (It also provides interesting interaction with the public. In one of her outings, she has to survey men who drink a certain amount of beer. She meets a very eccentric individual in one apartment complex who will affect her late in the first part of the book.) Her work friends are frivolous and empty.
Marian’s roommate is Ainsley (a name I quite like, by the way). Ainsley is a feminist to the extreme. She doesn’t believe in marriage. In fact, she hatches a plan to get pregnant (the old fashion way — having sex with a man) to a not-so-randomly chosen man. She wants to raise a child on her own, no intervention or assistance from the child’s father.
The man she not-so-randomly has her sights set on is Len, Marian’s college friend. He is also afraid of commitment and likes to chase younger girls; naive, pure ones. He promptly dumps them at the first sign of impurity (as in, they like him and want to have sex with him… eventually leading to a possible commitment).
One night, all these characters get together at a little restaurant. Ainsley is undercover as a younger, shyer version of herself — on her way to seducing Len. Len and Peter are having a grand old time discussing photography and Marian is beginning to have a small breakdown; she feels trapped. When they leave the restaurant, Marian takes off, running frantically down the street. Peter catches up to her and orders her into his car. They proceed to Len’s and Marian hides under Len’s bed.
At this point, the evening is too weird and Peter takes Marian home. Instead of being furious at her for being so silly that night, he asks her to marry him. She says yes, even though she’s not sure about it deep down. (It just felt like the right thing to say.)
The day after, Peter lets himself into Marian’s apartment (which is obviously weird to her). They talk a bit and he leaves. Marian needs something to do, so she goes to the laundromat.
At the laundromat, she meets up with the eccentric man from the surveying and they talk while the laundry is being done. He warns her — a lot of women fall for his broken-man image (the Florence Nightingale syndrome). When the leave, they turn and end up facing each other. For reason unknown to either, I’m sure, they end up kissing. (In my head, this was a passionate looking kiss, because forbidden kisses often are — however, Marian doesn’t seem to remember much sensation at all.)
And that’s basically where it leaves off. Marian trying to make sense of her weekend before returning to work.