Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The Silver Linings Playbook Chapter 13
Do You exchangeable Foreign Films? drop curtain brings close Veronicas dinner party party party in a way that allows me nettle it on my mother has al manipulate discussed it with him probably in an causal agency to get me to wear the collared shirts she bought me at the Gap, which Mom loves and I do non love. As in short as I sit down in the brown recliner, slump broaches the subject, pinching his chin the way he does every term he asks me a question my mother has already answered.Even though I flat recognize beads put forward, I am excited to let him k instantaneously he was right somewhat wearing the shirt my fellow had given me. Surprisingly, he does not fate to talk about what garment I wore he postulates to talk about Tiffany, and he keeps asking what I thought about her, how she made me feel, and if I enjoyed her company.At first I am polite and answer by facial expression that Tiffany was thin and advantageously dressed and had a pretty good body, merely Cliff keeps thrust for the truth care therapists do, because they all have a few(prenominal) sort of mental ability that allows them to catch out through your lies, and therefore they know you depart ultimately tire of the talking game and will piper up the truth.lastly I say, Well, the thing is and I dont like saying this provided Tiffany is physical body of slutty.What do you mean? Cliff asks me.I mean shes sort of a whore.Cliff sits forward a minuscule. He looks surprised, and uncomfortable enough to muddle me feel uncomfortable. On what do you base your observation? Did she dress provocatively?No. I told you already. She wore a nice dress. that as soon as we finished our dessert, she asked me to walk her home.Whats wrong with that?Nothing. But at the halt of the walk she asked me to have inner intercourse with her, and not in those words.Cliff removes his fingers from his chin, sits back, and says, Oh.I know. It shocked me too, especially because she knows I m get married.So did you?Did I what?Have sexual intercourse with Tiffany?At first Cliffs words dont register, but when they do, I give way angry. Nowhy not?I cannot believe Cliff has real asked me such a question, especially since he is a happily married man himself, but I dignify the inquiry with an answer anyway. Because I love my married woman Thats whyThats what I thought, he says, which makes me feel a little better. He is only testing my morals, which is perfectly understandable, because people immaterial of mental institutions need to have good morals so that the field will continue to clip without any major interruptions and happy endings will flourish. whence I say, I dont even know why Tiffany would ask me to have sex with her anyway. I mean, Im not even an attractive goof shes pretty and could do a lot better than me for sure. So Im thought process now that maybe shes a nymphomaniac. What do you destine?I dont know whether she is a nymphomaniac or not, he says. But I do know that sometimes people say and do what they stand for others want them to. Maybe Tiffany truly did not want to have sex with you, but only offered something she thought you would find valuable, so you would value her.I think about his explanation for a second and then say, So youre saying that Tiffany thought I wanted to have sex with her?Not necessarily. He grabs his chin again. Your mother told me you came home with makeup on your shirt. Do you object if I ask how that happened?Reluctantly, because I dont like to gossip, I tell him about Tiffanys wearing her wedding ring even after her husband died, and the necking and the crying we did in front of her parents house.Cliff nods and says, It seems like Tiffany really require a friend, and that she thought having sex with you would make you want to be her friend. But tell me again how you hand guide the situation.So I tell him exactly what led us to the hug and how I let her get makeup on my Hank Baskett jersey and Where did you get a Hank Baskett jersey? he asks me.I told you. My blood brother gave it to me.Thats what you wore to the dinner party?Yeah, retributory like you told me to.He smiles and even chuckles, which surprises me. Then he adds, What did your friends say?Ronnie said that Hank Baskett is the man.Hank Baskett is the man. I bet he catches at least seven touchdowns this season.Cliff, youre an Eagles fan?He does the Eagles chant E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES which makes me jest because he is my therapist and I did not know therapists could like NFL football.Well, now that I know you too bleed green, well have to talk Birds off the clock, Cliff says. So you really let Tiffany cry her makeup onto your bran-new Hank Baskett jersey?Yeah, and its one with stitched-on numbers, not the cheap iron-ons.Authentic Hank Baskett jersey he says. That was certainly very kind of you, Pat. It sounds like Tiffany only really unavoidable a hug, which you gave her because you are a nice guy.I cant help smiling, because I really am trying hard to be a nice guy. Yeah, I know, but now shes always following me all all over town.What do you mean?So I tell Cliff that since the dinner party, whenever I put on a trash bag and go my house for a run, Tiffany is always waiting outside in her little running outfit and pink headband. Very politely, I told her that I do not like running with other people and asked her to leave me alone, but she ignored my request and simply jogged five feet behind me for my entire run. The conterminous day, she did the same thing, and she keeps on doing it. Somehow shes figured out my schedule, and shes always there when I leave my house an hour before sunset ready to shadow me wherever I jog. I run fast, and she stays with me. I run on dangerous streets, and she follows. She never tires out either and just keeps running down the street when I finally stop in front of my house. She doesnt even say hello or goodbye.Why dont you want her to follow you? Cliff asks.So I ask him how his wife, Sonja, would feel if some hot woman shadowed him every time he went for a run.He smiles the way guys do when they are alone and talking about women in a sexual way, and then he says, So you think Tiffany is hot? This surprises me because I did not know therapists were allowed to talk like guys do when they are buddies, and I wonder if this means that Cliff thinks of me as his buddy now.Sure, shes hot, I say. But Im married.He grabs his chin and says, How long has it been since youve seen Nikki?I tell him I dont know. Maybe a couple of months, I say.Do you really believe that? he asks, grabbing his chin again.When I say I do, I hear the yelling in my voice and even allow the f-word to fall behind out. Immediately I feel bad because Cliff was talking to me like a friend, and sane people should not yell and curse at their buddies.Im sorry, I say when Cliff starts to look scared.Its okay, he says, and forces a smile. I should believe that you really mea n what you tell me. He scratches his head for a second and then says, My wife loves unusual films. Do you like foreign films?With subtitles?Yes.I hate those types of films.Me too, Cliff says. Mostly because No happy endings.Exactly, Cliff says, pointing a brown finger at my face. So demoralise most(prenominal) of the time.I nod wholeheartedly in agreement, even though I havent been to see any movies for a long time, and wont until Nikki returns, because I am now watching the movie of my life as I live it.My wife used to beg me to take her to see these foreign films with subtitles all the time, Cliff says. It seemed like every day she would ask me if we might go to see a foreign film, until I broke down and started taking her. all Wednesday night wed go to the Ritz movie theater and see some depressing movie. And you know what?What?After a year we simply stopped going.Why?She stopped asking.Why?I dont know. But maybe if you take an affair in Tiffany, ask her to run with you and maybe to go out to dinner a few times maybe after a few weeks, she will grow tired of the chase and leave you alone. Let her get what she wants, and maybe she will not want it anymore. Understand?I do understand, but cannot help asking, Do you think that will really work?And Cliff shrugs in a way that makes me believe it will.