Boris Yelnikoff, an eccentric, misanthropic University of Chicago graduate and chess teacher from Greenwich Village, finds a young woman from Mississippi lying on his doorstep. He takes her in for the night and eventually marries her, despite their 40 year age difference and their clashing cultural backgrounds. His philosophy on the matter is that life is short so he might as well enjoy himself.

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The Sound and the Fury written by William Faulkner

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Boris makes a reference to the character Benjy from the novel "The Sound and the Fury".

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