Love In 20th Century Love in 20th century is entirely different from when Marie De France lived. In her time, she wrote a sweet story of two women who love the same man, Eliduc. He leaves his wife, Guildeluec to go fight in another country even though she is devastated by his decision. During his excursion he ends up with a younger woman named Guilliadun. The two fall madly in love. Ultimately, Guildeluec detects the affair and behaves with not a shread of jealousy or desire for revenge.
The way she tells the story is surprisingly peaceful considering Eliduc lies to both women. However, my version of Eliduc, is written in 2000 mode. The society has metamorphosed into a chaotic blend of moral dysfunction. Many are unwilling to mend broken relationships. Instead, they choose to lie, cheat and deceive those who have been faithful and true to them.
The repercussions of these betrayals are far more nauseating than Guildeluecs reaction to Eliducs affair. Beware, if you loved Maries version this might be too intense for some readers. First, the names of the characters are a bit more modern than the monograms Marie used. Now, Eliduc is called Eli, Guildeluec is Gail and Guilliadun is Jill. Here is how the story goes in 2000. Eli and Gail were together all through high school.
They eventually got married because their love had grown into a bond of true friendship and love. The two-shared happiness but Eli would focus the majority of his time on his career. Gail accepted Elis ambition and never really gave him trouble about it. She had enough to do between work and home. Besides, Eli was a good policeman. He always took pride in his work and the chief always favored him.
He treated him special. One day Eli came home from work exasperated because some of the other guys on the force were jealous of Eli. He told Gail “they told the chief I sell and use drugs!” “I cant believe this, now the chief wants me gone.” Gail said, “oh sweetheart, we can work this out. Things will be fine. We have enough money with my salary at the hospital to last us until the chief comes around.
I could even ask some of the other nurses if I can pick up another shift” Eli answered, “I am going away for a while. I got a job offer in the South. Gail shrieks, “what do you mean? You know I cant leave this hospital because of my contract. Youre just going to take off on me?” He says, “I love my work and if that bastard does not appreciate my services; Im going elsewhere. Im sorry because I know this will be hard on us but I promise I will be true to you, Gail.
I love you.” “I guess there is nothing I can say to change your mind”, she says. “Ill be here when youre ready to come home. I love you too.” Gail sobbed as she walked away, not because Eli was abandoning her but the feeling in her stomach felt inexplicable. For some reason she sensed a disastrous situation coming. Gail yearned for the ache to go away, but it lingered for weeks. Eli arrived in the South and the new chief had not recalled talking to him about the job.
Aggravated, Eli told him “I will go to another city and fight their drug war if you dont want me.” The chief welcomed Eli because the city had an immense drug problem. Suddenly, the alarm sounded in the station! There was an emergency; a riot had broken out in a dangerous section of the city. There was a shortage of officers on duty. Eli jumped in a cruiser and sped off to find the violators. At the scene, blood was everywhere. People were screaming and crying. The protestors were spewing vulgarities at the policemen.
Eli witnessed two officers go down, and many of the other cops hesitated to break up the chaos. Eli took action and planned a route to raid the rioters. It worked. Eli attacked the leader; scrambled, fought, and clubbed the drug dealer until he was under Elis control. Since Eli apprehended one of the biggest drug dealers in the city, everyone on the force praised him.
Actually, the chief was so happy he wanted to celebrate that night by having a party. There were numerous people at the party. Eli met what felt like a million people, but only one face stuck out in his mind. Her name was Jill and she was the chiefs daughter. The chief was powerfully strict with Jill.
That was his only baby girl, so naturally he was protective. Despite the chiefs “keep safe attitude”, Eli couldnt stop thinking about her. Subsequently, Eli called Gail because he felt guilty about his straying thoughts. When he heard Gails voice on the answering machine he did not feel anything, no longing, sorrow..nothing. He was kind of relieved because he did not want to hear how downhearted she was. Worried, he started to think of the promise made to Gail.
Soon afterward, he crawled into bed thinking about how good Jill looked. The next day, the chief came up to Eli and told him Jill would like to go on a date with him. Ecstatic inside, but not showing it, he accepted. Later that night when Jill called him he felt the butterflies flying around his stomach. He thought of the last time he felt that way for Gail; he tried to recall the feeling but he couldnt.
Jill asked Eli to wear something nice because they were going out on the town. When Eli picked Jill up she looked stunning. He felt like his whole body went numb and his heart had melted inside his chest because of her loveliness. On the other hand, Jill took one glance at Eli and she was swept off her feet. Later that evening, after dinner, Jill wanted to go to a bar to have some drinks.
Eli decided the bar was a good idea. The whole time the two of them were fixated on each other. Gail never once entered to Elis mind. He decided that Jill was his true love. After a few too many drinks, Eli and Jill went back to her place.
Jill invited Eli in and he went without a single hesitation. That night they made passionate love and decided they had to be soul mates. Eli had never felt so good in his life. Things couldnt have been better. Subsequently, the two lovebirds spent every free minute they had together.
Their love was indestructible. During the next few months they felt like they hand known one another forever and their intimate connection became stronger. Eli and Jill both believed in their undying love, yet he had left out one small detail..his wife back home! Gail has been tossed to the back burner and has felt the heat because Eli was cold and distant. He never called her; and when she called, the conversation would be abrupt. Gail knew something was going on. She was not simple by any means; actually she was quite cunning.
Later that week Jill came over to Elis and the phone rang. Startled, Eli answered, hoping it was a telemarketer or anybody besides Gail. The call was not Gail, rather his old chief, begging him to come back home. Fighting the urge to say “no way, *censored*,” he said he would return. He could not be disloyal; it was his duty.
After the call, Jill asked what was troubling him. He explained his situation and they held each other, weeping and sobbing. …