Stranger than fiction: This decades-long amour fou is so astonishing in its twists and turns that it's hard to believe it's factual. While contextualizing the tale in the pre-feminist era, Klores leaves some mysteries open, thus allowing for speculation
At the same time, it makes Linda, possibly, a deeply disquieting wife for Burt -- at least as imagined from outside the marriage. As a friend of Linda's puts it, "He sees what he did to her every single day. I don't know if it's a joy or a punishment."