Oprah:  Did you want to know every detail?
Elizabeth: Yes. I'm a puzzle doer. I had some pieces of the puzzle, and I felt it was going to make sense if I had all the pieces. You know, I once read a short story about how much you could tell about people from their shoes. You could tell where they had been, what they did, whether they were real walkers. So sometimes I wanted to know a detail because I was just curious, and sometimes I wanted to know a detail because I thought it was going to open some window for me to try to understand. 

Oprah:  Did you want to know whether he loved her?

Elizabeth: I'm sure I asked, but it seemed impossible to me. And I think impossible to him. This person is very different from me, and really very different from him. We're basically old-fashioned people. I remember the first time we went shopping for a jacket for him, and when I pulled one out, he said, "That seems a little loud to me." I said, "It's herringbone!"
Oprah:  As toned down as it gets!
Elizabeth: That's right. So this was a pretty big leap for him. Maybe its being so different is what was attractive.

The conversation continues in the June 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on sale May 19th.

Read our 2007 profile of Elizabeth Edwards here


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