A rather oblique and obscure handling of a tenuous theme. The story of a middle aged couple, the one clinging to the youth she knew, the other seeking to escape the hold of his youth, into the maturity he has carved, at the sacrifice of the idealism his wife loved ""for life."" The relations between the generations -- the problem of parental control -- the background of the New England town -- all contribute to the major problem. The theme is challenging enough -- but it doesn't quite ""come off"". Not for light reading, as it falls into the psychological vein, rather than the popular one.