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When Benjamin Braddock graduates from a small eastern college and comes home to his parents’ house, everyone wants to know what he’s going to do with his life. Feeling empty, embittered, and adrift, he stumbles into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s. The Graduate by Charles Webb - The basis for Mike Nichols' acclaimed film starring Dustin Hoffman -- and for successful stage productions in London and. Writers: Charles Webb (novel), Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is a young college graduate.
About The Book The basis for Mike Nichols' acclaimed film starring Dustin Hoffman -- and for successful stage productions in London and on Broadway -- this classic novel about a naive college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the s captures with hilarity and insight the alienation of youth and the disillusionment of an era. The Graduate When Benjamin Braddock graduates from a small Eastern college and moves home to his parents' house, everyone wants to know what he's going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his college education and indifferent to his grim prospects -- grad school? Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father's business partner. It's only when beautiful coed Elaine Robinson comes home to visit her parents that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life.
He opened it and walked out and to the edge of the swimming pool in the back yard. He stood staring down at the blue light rising up through the water for several moments before hearing the door open and bang shut behind him and someone walk across to where he was standing. McQuire said. McQuire shook her head. Calendar came out beside the pool and shook Benjamin's hand. Head of the debating club. First in his class. One of the editors of the school newspaper.
Student teacher. I'm running out of fingers. Social chairman of his house. And that wonderful teaching award.
Calendar said, holding up his glass. Of all those things? He turned around and walked back toward the house. He walked through the room keeping his eyes ahead of him on the carpet until Mrs.
Calendar took his elbow. Just as he got to the foot of the stairs his father came up behind him. He took his arm and led him down the hall and into a bedroom. You're grotesque. This house is grotesque. It's just this feeling I have all of a sudden. And I don't know why!
All the things I did are nothing. All the distinctions. The things I learned. All of a sudden none of it seems to be worth anything to me.
He walked across the room to the door. I've got to think until I know what's been happening to me. Robinson said, holding out his hand. Benjamin waited till he had gone out the door, then turned around and walked upstairs and into his room.
He closed the door behind him and sat down at his desk. For a long time he sat looking down at the rug, then he got up and walked to the window.
He was staring out at a light over the street when the door opened and Mrs. Robinson stepped inside, carrying a drink and her purse.
She nodded but instead of leaving the room stood in the doorway looking at him. Robinson was wearing a shiny green dress cut very low across her chest, and over one of her breasts was a large gold pin. Robinson," Benjamin said, shaking his head. Now I'm sorry to be rude but I have some things on my mind. Robinson stood looking at him a moment longer, then turned around and walked to his bed.
She seated herself on the edge of it and sipped at her drink. Robinson had set her glass down on the rug. She reached into her purse for a package of cigarettes and held it out to Benjamin.
The track star doesn't smoke. Benjamin walked to his desk for a wastebasket and carried it to the bed. He picked up the match and dropped it in. I'm just sort of disturbed about things. Robinson picked up her drink to take a swallow from it, then set it down and sat quietly until she was finished with her cigarette.
Robinson ground it out on the inside of the wastebasket, then sat back up and folded her hands in her lap. It was quiet for several moments. But I'm Benjamin shook his head and walked back to the bed. She took both his hands in hers and looked up into his face for several moments. Will you drive me home?
I'll come and get it tomorrow. Now do you know how to work a foreign shift? Braddock was standing in the front doorway saying goodbye to the Terhunes. Robinson needs a ride home," Benjamin said.
She took her coat from a closet beside the front door, put it on and followed Benjamin back through the house and out to the garage. He got into the car and started the engine and she got in beside him. Benjamin stopped by the curb in front of her house. Robinson reached up to push some hair away from her forehead and turned in her seat to smile at him. Finally Benjamin turned off the engine, got out and walked around to open the door for her. She found a key in her purse. When the door was opened she reached up to the wall just inside and turned on a hall light.
Benjamin walked to his left and down three steps leading to the sun porch. Robinson came in behind him and turned on a lamp beside a long couch against one of the walls. I was glad to do it. But for God's sake I have some things on my mind. Can you understand that? Robinson comes back.
Robinson nodded at a chair behind him. Good night. Robinson turned and walked up the three stairs leading from the porch. Benjamin folded his hands in his lap and looked at his reflection in one of the large panels of glass enclosing the room. Several moments later music began playing in another part of the house. He turned and frowned at the doorway.
Then Mrs. Robinson walked back into the room carrying two drinks. I said I didn't want any. Two large curtains slid closed across the windows. Benjamin shook his head and looked at the drink. Robinson seated herself on a couch beside his chair. Then it was quiet. Benjamin frowned at her a few moments, then tasted his drink and set it down on the floor. He nodded. This is kind of a strange conversation. Now I told my father I'd be right back.
He glanced at his watch. Robinson will be here any minute. So please lock your doors and let me go. Robinson," he said, "I don't want to talk about this. Robinson, this is none of my business," Benjamin said, rising from the chair. Benjamin frowned at her. Robinson probably won't be here for several hours.
Oh no. Robinson," he said, "you didn't -- I mean you didn't expect Here we are. You've got me in your house. You put on music. You give me a drink. We've both been drinking already. Robinson came along and asked Benjamin if he could call Mr. Robinson daughter, Ellaine, this weekend.
Benjamin wrote a letter to Mrs. But some days later it was all the same, and he met Mrs. Robinson again in Hotel Taft. When they got upstairs, he wanted this time talk to her, but she not. He agreed. When he was at the house of the Robinsons to catch up Elaine, he had a small talk to Mrs. Then he went out with Elaine, but he was quit roughly to her. At the end of the evening she ran crying away. Her ran after her and told her that he was sorry. Then he brought her home.
In front of the house, in the car, he kissed her. She said that they also could go to a hotel. Then they went to the Hotel Taft, where he always met with Mrs. When every one reconigezed Benjamin, Elaine found out that he had a affair with a women. But she understood it. He asked her out again for the next day. When he was to get her, Mrs. Robinson opened the door.
She went with him in the car and talked to him. She said, that he may never see Elaine again, or she would make his life a hell. He set Mrs. Robinson out of the car, and drove back to the house, and was to get Elaine. When he was in her room, he told her that he had a affair with her mother. She told him to get out of her live. Benjamin stayed for several weeks at home. See page Then after he had been home for nearly a month and Christmas had passed and the new year had started he decided to marry Elaine.
They were very happy. Then he went to Berkeley, where Elaine is at college and hired a room. One evening, Mrs. Robinson reveals that she is in a loveless marriage, because in the s, she became pregnant with her daughter, Elaine, and married to avoid scandal.
After being increasingly pressured by his parents and Mr. Robinson to go on a date with Elaine, he takes her out but deliberately sabotages the date by driving recklessly and taking her to two clubs and a strip show.
Elaine suggests going to the Taft Hotel, and Benjamin becomes visibly uncomfortable. The hotel staff recognizes him, causing Elaine to be suspicious. He tells Elaine that he had an affair with an older married woman with a husband and a son. Benjamin discovers that Elaine is someone he is comfortable with, and agrees to ask Elaine out again the next day.
The next morning, Mrs. Robinson threatens to expose their relationship to Elaine if Benjamin ever sees Elaine again. Benjamin decides to tell Elaine everything.
Elaine is furious and wants nothing to do with him and returns to Berkeley. After many months pass, Benjamin decides to marry Elaine. Elaine is uneasy in his presence and tells him that she has started dating Carl Smith, a medical student.
When Benjamin proposes marriage, Elaine says she is concerned about graduating from college and her relationship with her parents if she continues to see him. Benjamin receives a telegram from Mrs. Robinson, telling him to get out of town immediately. Robinson arrives at the college and tells Benjamin that he is divorcing his wife and terminating his partnership with Mr.
Then he warns him not to get close to Elaine again, otherwise he will prosecute him. He forces his daughter to drop out of school and takes her away.
Benjamin's father arrives the following day and wants to take him back home to see a psychiatrist. Benjamin returns to his hometown and sneaks into the Robinsons' home but encounters both Mr.
Robinson, who calls the police and claims that a man has broken into their house. He escapes from the house and returns to Berkeley to find Elaine. Benjamin lands in San Francisco.
There he finds a letter and learns that Carl will marry Elaine that very morning. Benjamin takes a plane to Santa Barbara and finds the church, where the ceremony is already taking place.
He tries the doors to the church, all of which are locked, except for a side door that leads to the balcony. As he sees Elaine walking down the aisle, he interrupts the ceremony, slamming his hands on the railing and calling her name.