Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

By Elizabeth Gilbert

The no 1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love--an intimate and erudite occasion of affection.

on the finish of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian residing in Indonesia. The couple swore everlasting love, but in addition swore (as skittish divorce survivors) by no means to marry. despite the fact that, windfall intervened within the kind of a U.S. govt ultimatum: get married, or Felipe might by no means input the United States back. instructed with Gilbert's trademark humor and intelligence, this interesting meditation on compatibility and constancy chronicles Gilbert's advanced and infrequently scary trip into moment marriage, and may enthrall the hundreds of thousands of readers who made Eat, Pray, Love a leading bestseller.

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Not a few people in the area had their own private racetracks, one of them belonging to Mrs. Randolph Dupont Scott, a Dupont heiress who had married a handsome “poor white trash” hunt servant named Randolph Scott, who went on to become a Hollywood star. Mrs. Scott was at the apex of the horse world, higher even than Paul Mellon, who had more money, but slightly less horsey cachet. The Duke of Rappahannock, with whom we were to ride the next day, was right up there with them, though, Jane assured me on the way home, with his own racecourse, his own racing stable, and his own stud farm, a patron of several local hunts and a very grand personage indeed.

Since it seemed like the thing to do, I had one myself. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” I told myself, and indeed I soon felt a good deal more optimistic about the whole day, and the pounding in my head from last night’s drinking began to retreat. It actually occurred to me that the day might turn out to be good fun. This illusion was somewhat shattered once we got to the stable. Black Jack, who had been docile enough the day before until Jane started to go over fences, was in a wild-eyed lather this morning.

The walls were covered with paintings and drawings of horses, framed photographs of people on horseback going back to the 1920s, and group photographs of polo teams, eventing teams, and hunt meetings. Everywhere there were signs of horsey activity. The mudroom was jammed with riding boots and Wellington boots, spurs, Barbour rain gear, hunt caps and whips of every size and type, dog leashes, a corkboard with rows of fading ribbons, and a glassed-in cabinet full of silver riding trophies and horse sculpture.

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