The one thing nobody asked in casual conversation, Darcy thought in the days after she found what she found in the garage, was this: Howâ€™s your marriage?They asked how was your weekend and how was your trip to Florida and howâ€™s your health and how are the kids; they even asked howâ€™s life been treatin you, hon? But nobody asked howâ€™s your marriage?
Good, she would have answered the question before that night. Everythingâ€™s fine.
She had been born Darcellen Madsen (Darcellen, a name only parents besotted with a freshly purchased book of baby names could love), in the year John F. Kennedy was elected President. She was raised in Freeport, Maine, back when it was a town instead of an adjunct to L.L.Bean, Americaâ€™s first superstore, and half a dozen other oversized retail operations of the sort that are called â€œoutletsâ€ (as if they were sewer drains rather than shopping locations).
She went to Freeport High School, and then to Addison Business School, where she learned secretarial skills. She was hired by Joe Ransome Chevrolet, which by 1984, when she left the company, was the largest car dealership in Portland. She was plain, but with the help of two marginally more sophisticated girlfriends, learned enough makeup skills to make herself pretty on workdays and downright eye-catching on Friday and Saturday nights, when a bunch of them liked to go out for margaritas at The Lighthouse or Mexican Mikeâ€™s (where there was live music).