For several reasons, it was decided that I would spend the night before my Wedding at the home of the MOH and her sister. It was to be a quiet little party. We'd go out to a nice local bistro for dinner, (my treat), share a bottle of wine and get to bed early.
When I arrived, they already had a guest for the evening. It was the Contessa and she was at the garrulous drunk stage. She had an amazing story to tell and I was to get the full benefit of it.
She was a teacher when she met the man of her dreams. He belonged to an illustrious Italian family and they were to be married. The Wedding would be held at his ancestral home in Tuscany. No expense was to be spared. Her relatives would be flown in and housed at the expense of the Groom and his family. Her dress would cost XX thousand dollars. Her jewelry would cost XXX thousand dollars. On and on she went.
Now comes the drama. About two weeks before this extravaganza was due to happen, the Groom stated that, once they were married she would certainly give up her career and devote herself to his happiness.
That tore it! She called everything off on the spot.
What then followed was a tirade about the perfidy of men and the 'slavery' of marriage. Just the thing you want to hear on the night before your Wedding, right?
Oh yes, the Contessa had gotten hungry earlier in the evening so the sisters had ordered in food. There were left-overs in the fridge if I wanted anything.
To try to bean dip, I showed her the pearls my ILs had given me as part of our Wedding gifts. She sniffed. 'They are pretty but, you know, they are cultured'.
I almost bit my tongue in half not to reply, 'yes, I know they are. It's a shame you're not'.
When the Contessa passed out on the sofa, the Bridezilla in me came out. I informed the sisters that she had to be out of here before my mother arrived in the morning. Eventually, she was poured into a taxi and taken home. I paid for that.
While I doubt that the Contessa's story was completely truthful, I can assure readers the proceedings of the evening happened exactly as I've related them here.