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By Budd Schulberg

August 5, 2009 |  6:07 pm

Feb. 17, 1952, Budd Schulberg

By Budd Schulberg, Feb. 17, 1952: "You know how married couples get after a while if they're not careful....."
Feb. 17, 1952, Budd Schulberg

When they all dined out together it was traditional to separate wives and husbands, but in the case of the Springers this courtesy had to be jettisoned.

 "What God has brought together let no dinner party split asunder," Jack had laughed and squeezed Charlene's hand.
Feb. 17, 1952, Budd Schulberg

As she turned from the phone, she noticed on the end table the book on "Marriage: Life Sentence or Prolonged Love Affair?" that Charlene had forgotten.

"Of all the nonsense," she thought, and suddenly she was profoundly, explosively happy. "Of all the naive, immature nonsense."