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Oh, Billy, Where Are You?

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When I told my mother I was getting married, she replied: “So, Louis, darling boy, you waited until 48 to marry a woman your own age who can’t give you any children and who has already failed three times at marriage? And this is my son who’s supposed to be so intelligent?” Common sense, not tact, has always been what my mother has prided herself upon.

“Please don’t make a judgment until you meet Lynne,” I said. “She’s an extraordinary woman, you’ll see. Besides, be fair, one of her husbands died of a stroke.”

“Let’s hope she didn’t give it to him,” my mother said. “I don’t care what you say, three husbands means something’s wrong. Three previous husbands speaks to a serious flaw.”

About the Author

Joseph Epstein, a longtime contributor to COMMENTARY is the author, most recently, of The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff and Other Stories.