|Written By Colette （P67)
Marc and Alice went into a resturant. The
maitre d' recommended them to take a table
next to the window where they could see the
bay. However, Marc rejected it, because his
wife was siting near the table they were
Marc told Alice, without hesitationthe, the
reason why he didn't want to take the table.
Alice looked at her husband's ex wife from
behind some broad-brimed beach hats. She
wearing a white dress and smoking alone.
The color of her eyes is the same as Alice's.
He kissed her hand and she felt extremely
They behaved as if Marc's ex wife didn't
exist in the restaurant for a while, but
they were both conscious of
Marc suggested that they have coffee somewhere
else. Alice doesn't think it was a good idea.
She told that his ex wife must be uncomfortable.
However, his ex wife didn't look so.
He said his ex wife hadn't been happy with
Comparing with his ex wife, Alice was easy
to deal with by him, because, for example,
he could find her love
towards him in her eyes, she indulged him.
His ex wife was difficult.
Being alone, she looked satisfied and relaxed.
Alice looked her husband's face, ruddy and
She thought what more his ex wife wanted
from him alothough she was satisfied with
When they were leaving, Alice kept looking
at the woman in white with envy and curiosity.
She thought his ex wife was difficult, but
|The Other Wife
Marc and Alice, a married couple, were going
to have lunch on shipboard. Marc chose a
table set far from the window though Alice
wanted to sit next to the window and complained
about his act.
Actually there was his ex-wife near the window,
and he was reluctant to set close to her,
he ended up telling that to Alice. He also
told the reason for thier divorce was "imcompatibility."
His ex-wife was a woman with blue eyes just
like Alice. Alice was uneasy about his ex-wife
and blamed him for not having told about
her eye-color ever. So he replied he'd never
thought about it and kissed her hand. And,
while waiting for coffee, he suggested going
out if she be uncomfortable with his ex-wife.
Then she said it was her that must be uncomfortable
though she didn't seem so. He said she was
just like that and started to talk about
the real reason for thier divorce, which
was not caused by imcompatibility but wife's
unsatisfaction --- he said she was just difficult.
Also he told her how much he was satisfied
with Alice, his present wife. But that made
her irritated. She began to have some kind
of envious and curious feeling for his ex-wife,
the woman of dissatisfaction, difficulty,
|The Other Wife
It was supposed to be a nice lunch for Marc
and Alice when they entered a restaurant.
However the atmosphere completely changed
when Marc recognized his ex-wife sitting
by the window. Naturally enough Alice gazed
the woman with great interest.
At first Alice had a kind of superior feeling
over her as she is now Marc's wife, but became
uncomfortable when she noticed the ex-wife
had same blue eyes as her. Marc never mentioned
about it before. While eating and drinking
Alice tried to be ostentatious, and Marc
tried not to be conspicuous on the other
After lunch they had to wait quite some time
for coffee. Marc asked Alice if she was uncomfortable
because of the ex-wife's existence near by.
This careless question irritated Alice somehow.
Her irritation got to the peak when Marc
told her the reason of the divorce. It was
not incompatibility but the ex-wife's dissatisfaction.
Mark also mentioned that he and Alice were
very satisfied with each other. Alice was
wondering what more the ex-wife wanted from
Was the ex-wife too difficult for Marc ?
Doesn't it mean Alice is easy ?
When they were leaving the restaurant, the
question in her mind made Alice keep looking
with envy and curiosity, at the woman in
white, smoking, dissatisfied, difficult,
and somehow superior.....
|The Other Wife
Alice and Marc, a happily married couple,
went to a restaurant by the sea. It happened
that Marc’s ex-wife was there by herself.
Marc and she divorced only fifteen months
ago. Marc and Alice tried to pretend that
they were not uncomfortable. They ate and
drank heartily, but actually they felt uncomfortable
and behaved unnaturally. On the other hand,
the ex-wife, the woman in white, did not
seem to be bothered and looked really relaxed.
Marc told Alice that his ex-wife was never
happy with him and he did not know how to
make her happy. He also said that the way
Alice shows him how much she loves him and
how happy she is with him makes him proud
and happy. Alice cast brief glances at the
woman in white. Until that moment she had
never doubted about her perfect happiness
and her love toward her husband, but she
started looking closely at his face and wondering,
for the first time, why the woman was not
satisfied with him and what more she wanted
Alice thought that the woman was dissatisfied
with the man whom she is now satisfied with,
and wondered if the woman knows something
she does not know, or if the woman is somehow
superior to her.
|The Other Wife
Marc and Alice is nice married couple. They
were at the restaurant to eat lunch.
She'd rather sit by the window with the beautiful
ocean view. But he denied it.
They ordered lunch and he confessed honestly
to her why he kept distance from the window.
Alice, at first, didn't think it was big
deal whether they took the seats by his ex-wife.
But Alice was watching the woman in white,
she was upset why Marc didn't tell her his
ex-wife had blue eyes too. They ate and drank,
forgot about the woman for a while. They
waited quite a long time for their coffee
His ex-wife was still there, for Alice, she
looked so satisfied and happily. Marc was
married with this woman fifteen months ago,
they divorced by incompatibility, that what
Marc said. Alice wondered why she left him
and what more she wanted from him. Still
Alice kept looking at her as they were leaving
the restaurant with envy and curiosity.
|The Other Wifeの単語/Summary 提出後のMLでの討論/
Dictionary of Contemporary English /American
Heritage College dictionary/Colins
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