The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.
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Their affair took on a life of its own.
26 January 1949 (UK)
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One Woman's Story
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Did You Know?
The book Mary finds on Steven's shelf and reads from is "Patterns of Culture" by Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), a noted American anthropologist and folklorist. The book was published in 1934.
It is the first book that Mary Justin and Steven Stratton quote from after dinner ("In the beginning, God gave to every people a cup of clay, and from this cup they drank their life.").
The full passage from her book is: "A chief of the Digger Indians, as the Californians call them, talked to me a great deal about the ways of his people in the old days. One day, without transition, he broke in upon his descriptions of grinding mesquite and preparing corn soup. "In the beginning," he said, "God gave to every people a cup, a cup of clay, and from this cup they drank their life. They all dipped in the water," he continued, "but their cups were different. Our cup is broken now. It has passed away." Our Cup is Broken. Those things that had given significance to the life of his people, the domestic rituals of eating, the obligations of the economic system, the succession of ceremonials in the villages, possession in the bear dance, their standards of right and wrong - these were gone, and with them, the shape and meaning of their life." See more
When Mary and Steven are chatting on the park bench, the cigarette switches from being in Mary's mouth to being out of the frame between shots. See more
I'm not a very good person, Steven. I wanted your love - and I wanted Howard's affection and the security he could give me.
Professor Steven Stratton
I can give you security too, and more than affection.
You don't really know me at all. My love isn't worth very much.
Version of The Passionate Friends
First Love and Last Love
Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Joyce Grenfell See more