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Queen Mary

Queen Mary

My college roommate, MaryAnn, was from a ridiculously rich family, her father having made his money marketing frozen seafood. Maryann was arrogant, proud, romantic. In our senior year, we rented an apartment together on Beacon Hill. For this very posed photograph, she bought the artificial flowers and the vase and found an appropriately regal chair at the Salvation Army store. I am looking at the camera, but it is the camera that looks at MaryAnn. Though I admired her she also frightened me with her sense of entitlement. She had burning ambition as well. I was wrestling with politics, feminism, love, and the purpose of art as well as trying to pare down the meaning of life into something small enough to be energizing rather than paralyzing. Such considerations never bothered MaryAnn. I think it was the money. After graduation, we never saw each other again.

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