It's been eighteen months since lawyer Oliver Barrett IV's wife, Jenny Barrett née Cavilleri, his college sweetheart and the love of his life, died at age twenty-five from leukemia. To cope, Oliver has immersed himself in work, especially in a pet project to assist low income tenants in a lower east side Manhattan housing project take control of the building's renovation by investing their "sweat" as equity, but has otherwise retreated from the world. Those that love him, including Jenny's father, Phil Cavilleri, want him to move on emotionally from Jenny's death to be able to open himself up to love again. A secret set-up by some friends shows Oliver that he at least has to address his emotional distress by regular therapy sessions. In doing so, he is able to approach a woman to who he is attracted, divorced Marcie Nash, an employee at upscale Bonwit Teller. Both Oliver and Marcie are cautious in opening up fully about their lives, Oliver about Jenny, and Marcie about the fact that ...
It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.
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Oliver drives to his father's retirement party. It is clearly winter since there are no leaves on the trees. He stays overnight at his father's house. The next morning the scene in the kitchen shows that it is now spring or summer, since there are now leaves on the trees (not evergreens) outside the windows. See more
Referenced in Rapture