Love Means the End of Happiness (Part CCLXXXVIII)

Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) in The Age of Innocence (1993)

Richard saw that Joan was happy. Her face, released from the tension of hope, had grown smooth; her gestures had taken on the flirting irony of the young; she had become ecstatically attentive to everything about her; and her voice, as she bent forward to whisper a remark about a woman and a handsome man at another table, was rapid, as if the very air of her breathing had turned thin and free. She was happy, and, jealous of her happiness, he again grew reluctant to leave her.

John Updike
Twin Beds in Rome (1964)
The Music School (1966)

Photo: Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence (1993)


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