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The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Noticing the man's determination to divorce his wife, Gavin decides to tell him the story of one of his clients: Oliver chats Barbara up and they become friends.
When Barbara misses her ferry home, the two end up spending the night together at a local inn. Eventually after a whirlwind romance, the two get married. Three years later, the Roses have a family of boisterous twins, Josh and Carolyn, who distract Oliver from his efforts to complete a Harvard University law degree.
One Christmas Eve, Oliver is busy with his studies, but Barbara insists they go for a walk and surprises her husband with an antique Morgan automobile.
Five years later, Oliver becomes an associate lawyer at a firm with Gavin, An analysis of the wars of roses angles for a more prestigious role. Sometime later, Barbara discovers that the owner of her "dream home" has died, and the Roses move into the mansion. Over the next six years, Oliver becomes a senior partner while Barbara refurbishes the house.
At first, Oliver and Barbara's marriage is happy and content as both of them share their materialist ways and views of modern American society with purchases of expensive furniture and clothing to show off their wealth.
However, cracks seem to be forming in the family, such as the children growing up overweight because the shallow and insecure Barbara thinks that spoiling them with candy treats is positive, and they do not get in shape until their teen years. As Oliver becomes a successful partner in his law firm, Barbara appears to grow tired of her life with Oliver, and at the same time, begins to dislike him and everything he does.
As Barbara becomes more cold and distant, Oliver, for his part, cannot think what he has done to earn Barbara's growing contempt. The reason being is that Oliver is oblivious to his controlling, self-centered, indifferent and generally dismissive behavior toward her.
When Oliver fails to read her catering business contract, an argument ensues, and Barbara uses her strength as a gymnast to squeeze Oliver's waist between her thighs. At a lunch meeting the following day, Oliver convulses in pain and believes he is dying from a heart attack, but soon learns he has a harmless hernia and attributes it to Barbara's leg grip the previous evening.
When Barbara fails to arrive at the hospital, Oliver returns home with a note he scrawled when he thought he was near death, declaring to Barbara: She later confesses that she felt happy at the prospect of Oliver's death and asks for a divorce.
She proves that she is serious when she physically punches Oliver in his face and he immediately agrees to a divorce. Sometime later, the couple meets Barbara's divorce lawyer, Harry Thurmont, who states that Barbara wants nothing from Oliver but the house and all of its contents.
When Oliver insists that his earnings paid for the home, the attorney quotes Oliver's "deathbed" note. Enraged, Oliver declares war on his wife and vows she will never get the house. Realizing that it might not be wise to represent himself despite being a professional lawyer, Oliver hires Gavin on retainer to be his legal representation.
Barbara initially throws Oliver out of the house, but he moves back in when he discovers a legal loophole that allows him to stay in the house while the divorce is pending. Barbara immediately begins plotting to remove Oliver from the picture.
On Christmas Eve, the Rose family awkwardly gathers around their decorated tree. The lights dim, and Barbara declares that there is a short circuit, but Oliver as with his wout dismisses Barbara's concern and insists the blackout is due to a misplaced ornament.
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Later that evening, the tree catches fire and Barbara gloats over Oliver's error. Oliver contacts Gavin, and comes up with several ideas to get Barbara to leave.
Oliver meets with Barbara and even goes as far as to offer her all the furniture, antiques, and valuables in the house in exchange for letting him have it as an empty shell, but the greedy Barbara refuses, accepting nothing less than everything.
Barbara begins to show signs of a mental breakdown when she even shows up at Gavin's office and unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him as a way to make him side with her. On another night, Barbara refuses to share her sleep medications with Oliver, and he accidentally kills her beloved cat on his way to the pharmacy.
Taking revenge, Barbara locks Oliver in his basement sauna where he nearly dies from heatstroke. Although she lets him out, hoping he will finally relent and leave the house, Oliver's conviction only grows stronger and he later saws the heels off Barbara's extensive shoe collection in retribution.
Realizing that his client is in a no-win situation with his mentally warped wife, Gavin eventually tells Oliver to leave Barbara, move out of the house for good, and find a new life for himself with his own fortune.
But in response, Oliver fires Gavin and takes matters into his own hands, refusing to let Barbara destroy him and his manhood. Over the next few weeks, Oliver and Barbara begin spiting and humiliating each other in every way possible, even in front of friends and potential business clients of Barbara's.
Both of them begin destroying the house furnishings; the stove, furniture, Staffordshire ornaments, and plate ware. Oliver angrily attacks Barbara, who flees into the attic to hide. Oliver then boards up the entire house to prevent her from escaping as he now plots to kill her, while she plots the same thing.
Just then, Susan sneaks back into the house with concern for the couple and Oliver forces her to go away.
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