“The passions that we fought with and subdued/Never quite die. In some maimed serpent’s coil/They lurk” – Trumbull Stickney, “The Passions that we Fought with and Subdued”
She says: Isn’t it enough that I stayed with you?
He says: But you didn’t want to. You did it for the kids.
She: Maybe so. What about it?
He: I wanted you to stay for me.
She: I stayed. Isn’t that enough?
Therapist: I think Richard is trying to say that he values your relationship with him, not just as a parent. And he’s hoping you see it the same way.
She: Isn’t it enough that I stayed?
Therapist: (gently) I think Richard is hoping for more.
She: I thought it through. All in all it was better for all of us if I stayed.
Therapist: And what about you? Was it better for Claire to stay?
She: I made it work. I wasn’t going to put us through a divorce. It’s more than I can say for him.
He: Don’t I have a right to be in a relationship with someone who wants to be with me?
She: And so now you want a divorce.
He: You didn’t want to stay.
She: I stayed, didn’t I?