Lost Love Not Found: Summary and Personal Reflection of Langston Hughes’ “Early Autumn”
Mary and Bill were young when they fell in love. Perhaps this was their first love “When Bill was young, they had been in love” (437). They broke up for some diminutive reason. Instead of talking it out she married someone else. This hurt Bill into his very inner soul “Bill went away, bitter about women” (437).
They ran into each other some years later. It was a chance meeting really, hundreds of miles from where their young love first formed. From the first moments of there interlude you could sense that Mary had never really let go “she lifted up her face as though wanting a kiss” (437). Bills attitude was very standoffish at first. This could have been because he still tasted the sourness that she left him with. He was put off that she left him in the first place “Always wondered what happened to you” (437). You could tell he actually meant I can believe you just up and left me without a word.
Their conversation drudges on like the cold autumn day around them. The conversation turns to a personal nature. Statements and questions inquiring about marital status, offspring, and status of life seem to be a burden to them. You can tell that Bill is happy with his life. He was more that willing to provide that answer. Sometimes he would just supply her information without her asking. I think he was doing this to rub in how good his life had turned out, how he had gotten past here and moved on with his life. She on the other hand was reluctant to talk of her husband. She never gave his name or what he did. Was she ashamed of him or was she ashamed of herself and her unhappiness that showed on her face “You’re looking very …”(he wanted to say old)”…well”(437). As the night fell so did their short time together. They exchanged niceties, inviting each other over to meet the families. I...