From Dramatists Play Service:
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood
friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp
postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school
and college years-where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of
a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy
remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney,
gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage
in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged
from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really
too late for both of them. However Andy's last letter, written to her mother after Melissa's
untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over
the years-physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
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