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Tidewater Review together. Three years pass ~ they send out joint Christmas cards and Janet’s friends agree with her patient wait for a marriage proposal, wedding, etc. Fr it z gets a ntsy a nd w ill not commit to any marriage hints. As he cools down in the affair, Janet hears that his fiancee will soon arrive from Austria. It’s no rumor. It’s a fact. The woman arrives, and she and Fritz are married within the month. The newlyweds have the gall to appear unannounced at Janet’s apartment to collect things he left behind when he ditched her. T h i s b e i n g Ne w York , Ja ne t signs up with a psychiatrist for a 10-year analysis (three days a week of 55 minutes each plus one group meeting weekly) to help her find out “who am I.” He’s just wonderful, she claims. Maybe 10 years is a reasonable time to face the truth. He a l so enc ou r a ge s Ja net to continue her even slower progress at continuing her pursuit of earning a doctorate degree. She’s been signing up for one course at a time and worries about her capability to write a dissertation as a final test. The requirement has taken close to 20 years to accomplish. Her self-assessment and guidance in changing her habits is apparently a success. As the years pass, the staff at The New Yorker changes and her

attempts to have her writing in the magazine are rejected. The sting lingers, but she has met Mr. Right at last. He’s 20 years her senior and is everything she has dreamed of as a perfect mate. Luckily, they both love each other very much. The only smudge on happy days comes when the Newspaper Guild tries to persuade the magazine to join the union. Janet resents that her long tenure in the job at a modest wage has made her the poster child for the union’s rallying cry. Janet is being exploited. She doesn’t feel exploited. When she wanted an addition to her vacation time, it was always granted. The maga zine cheer f ully found


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