Without question Jennifer had a great influence on Oliver's life. In this chapter we will examine her behaviour and her relationship with Oliver. And finally one will show how she contributed to Oliver's reconciliation with his father.
In Love Story Oliver is a young, rich man, stubborn, proud, hating his father and loving his wife who has got "negative social status' sacrificing her education, working to support her studying husband. And we see in her a young girl who was dying.
"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles and me."
[Love Story, New York, NY, by Erich Segal, 1988,p.1]
These sentences, well known to critics, prepare us for a story like a melodrama. This is a story with good and bad characters, exciting and tragic events. The last words "and me" introduce us to Oliver's voice. Oliver wanted to say that this young girl was the woman of his life. She inspired him and taught him how to love. They were so close to each other that it is hard to believe that there are so many things, which made them different. So who was she, this young woman who died at the age of twenty-five?
Her name is Jennifer Cavilleri and she was "an American of Italian decent,"
[Ibid, p.3] as she introduced herself. She was a student of music in Radcliffe College and as she admitted she was "smart and poor." [Ibid, p. 2] For a young student and a girl she was pretty dirty-talking person: "I would say … you are full of shit." [Ibid, p. 14] This was particularly surprising because it was her reaction to Oliver saying that he was in love with her.
Jennifer had a good relationship with her own father: "Yeah, of course! Absolutely. Oh, me too, Phil. I love you, too, Phil." [Ibid, p.24] She called her father
Phil, not like…