The Graduate Author:Charles Webb Southern California. — Summer is beginning and a lawn party is in progress to welcome home a graduate from a famous East Coast college. Among the guests there to congratulate him is the wife of his father's law partner. She asks him for a ride home. At her house he accepts a drink. They talk. She invites him upstairs to view an oil portrait ... more »of her daughter. He admires it briefly, then turns around to see her seated on the edge of the bed.
"Benjamin?" she says, smiling at him. "Will you unzip my dress?"
Thus begins Ben Braddock's twenty-second summer and a series of events that quickly disrupt the course of his life and shatter the serenity of all those around him.« less