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In Stephen O’Connor’s “Love,” Alice’s roommate recently passes away. At the funeral, she meets “a lean, broad-shouldered young man with Slavic cheekbones and wiry black hair that curled crookedly off the top of his head like smoke from smoldering fire” — her roommate’s former boyfriend, Ian. They get closer and after a couple of weeks of hanging out together, Alice says, “This is it! Ian’s the one!” They move in together four months later. Alice, who is still working on her dissertation, begins to believe it is ruining her relationship.  So, one night, she tells Ian that she will quit her job and move to her father’s cabin for the summer to finish her dissertation. Even though she misses Ian, she knows going to her father’s cabin is a good choice because she is getting ahead with her dissertation.  When Ian visits Alice, they are inside a lake and Alice begins to freak out because she thought she saw someone in the far end of the lake’s western shore. Alice thought there was a pervert out by the lake who was looking at her. Ian, however, thinks it is just a bear. Alice becomes paranoid every time she hears a noise out in the woods. Then, Alice starts to question Ian’s loyalty. She starts asking him where he went after work or what he is going to during the week. She thinks he is going out with one of his ex-girlfriends, Gwendolyn. Alice decides to return home to Ian to reassure that their relationship is okay.

One Response to ““Love” by Stephen O’Connor”

  1. Tense shift: They got get closer and after a couple of weeks of hanging out together, Alice said says, “This is it! Ian’s the one!” They moved in together four months later. Alice, who is still working on her dissertation, begins to believe…

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