11 Love Lessons From the Real Gatsby and His Golden Girl
Should You Take Relationship Advice from Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald?
11. Do try, try, and try again. For all the profound lows Zelda and Scott endured in the 1930s, for all the times one or the other was tempted to give up, neither party had much quit in them. Scott coaxed Zelda through her darkest moments, and she returned the favor on countless occasions. As he struggled with depression in 1935, while she was herself institutionalized in Baltimore, she wrote, "Some day soon you will be well + happy again." In the succeeding years they took vacations during which they dreamed of again making a home together. And even when holidays went off the rails—for the ups and downs of what may have happened on their very last vacation, to Cuba in 1939, you'll have to read my novel Beautiful Fools—Zelda remained bravely optimistic. "There are lots of happy places," she wrote him after that last trip, "it says so in the time tables, and before long we'll surely find one."
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