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Early Discussion: Bridget and Irving

What attracts Bridget to Irving Lefkowitz? Describe Irving's attitude toward children and his reaction to Bridget's unexpected news. Will this relationship work for Bridget? Why or why not?


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Re: Early Discussion: Bridget and Irving

Ms. Quindlen does an excellent job describing Irving in the chapter that starting on page 131. Irving is a tough guy. He has a tough job. But he has a soft spot for Bridget and treats her well. Irving is old fashioned. He still sticks by the norms of dating that have long since become outdated, or at least, rarely practiced. I think that Bridget finds these things charming.

I think Irving is perfect for Bridget, because her life seems to be too full for kids, and he doesn't want any. Bridget is 43 years old, and in a sense, if we see Leo the way she does, she has already done the whole kid thing.

Also, Irving is a breath of fresh air because, being that he doesn't fall all over himself over Meghan's celebrity (finds her actually quite annoying) he can make Bridget see things more logically, or at least from another side.
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Re: Early Discussion: Bridget and Irving

Irving seemed quite real and accessible to me right from the very beginning. And I've been taken by how many women have said to me, "wow! where can I meet that guy?" well, he's fictional. and he's taken.
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Re: Early Discussion: Bridget and Irving

Anna,

I'll confess, I'm one of those ones wanting Irving. A man who is not prone to emotional gnashing of teeth? In this day and age? Yay! :smileyhappy:
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I am bit farther in the book and I can't believe Bridget is pregnant with twins! I guess I just didn't see it coming. And that leaves me to question her and Irvings relationship because he didn't take it very well, though that is what Bridget expected...it's still like, come on Irving! I think that Bridget is realizing she might need to do for herself. Raise a family, do what she has been teaching people to do for her life's work. It's time to practice what she preaches (so to speak).

Also, I think it is going to kind of wake her up. Let it be a posetive change from worrying so much about Meghan. Don't get me wrong, I am sure she is still going to worry about Meghan, but I think with her own kids in the picture, Bridget's perspective of what is important is going to change.

As far as I am, Bridget sounds like she wants the babies. She is telling everyone about it. So I figure, if Irving can't come to terms and live, accept it and hopefully be happy about it, Bridget is going to take it on alone.

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