“A wedding is a good place to think. We cry at the start as the bride comes forward, smile at the end as the couple sweeps past, but in between, while people get up and down, hand each other things, read from shaking pieces of paper, there’s a lull. Despite the voices, it seems as if a mute has been put on the scene. That’s when I try, in the pew or the little plastic chair sinking into the grass, to formulate a position.
Is marriage a good thing?
Is it a good thing with a lot of bad things happening in it? Is it a bad thing with a lot of good people in it trying to make improvements? Is it a natural state? Do we have to live in pairs? Is that even the pattern any more, or are we replacing it with something else, and if so, what?”
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