I was never overly fond of the plot of the movie -- I was much more in love with the glamour and Moon River and so many other little details -- but I am even less fond of the original story. It can all be summed up in this one passage (spoken almost verbatim in the movie between OJ Berman and "Fred") --
"So," he said, "what do you think: is she or ain't she?"
"Ain't she what?"
"I wouldn't have thought so."
"You're wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you're right. She isn't a phony because she's a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes. You can't talk her out of it."
I really feel that in the movie, the Holly Golightly character comes through more as a "real phony". She is strong on the outside but so damaged on the inside. I feel that in this story, she is more visibly damaged. I don't want to give anything away so I will just leave it at that but I would love to hear some other responses to this story.
Tanabata at In Spring it is the Dawn reviewed this story a few weeks ago.
After the same rainbow's end,
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