Miss Lonelyhearts on a Field Trip
Miss L. receives a letter from Mrs. Doyle. She says she needs to meet him in person. She says, "I am 32 years old but have had a lot of trouble in my life and am unhappily married to a cripple."
"He went over to his typewriter and started pounding out his column.
'Life, for most of us, seems a terrible struggle of pain and heartbreak, without hope or joy. Oh, my dear readers, it only seems so. Every man, no matter how poor or humble, can teach himself to use his senses. See the cloud-flecked sky, the foam-decked sea...Smell the sweet pink and heady privet...Feel of velvet and of satin..As the popular song goes, 'The best things in life are free.' Life is...'"
"But despite these thoughts, he remained as dry and cold as a polished bone and sat trying to discover a moral reason for not calling Mrs. Doyle. If he could only believe in Christ, then adultery would be a sin, then everything would be simple and the letters extremely easy to answer."
Miss L finds Mrs. Doyle and they begin an affair, of sorts. Her troubled life soon becomes a fisherman's net thrown over his own.