I always felt Della put up with an awful lot of crap from Laura and from Perry (the closest I ever came to not liking him) in TCOT Lost Love.

Maybe, just maybe, she had a little mental trick for dealing with it... although sometimes those tricks can be difficult to turn off.

Perspective
By E. Wallace
2010

There had been looks and touches; she suspected a kiss, maybe two, as well.

There had been demeaning questions and snide insinuations though never when Perry was around.

There had been a smug special prosecutor, lies of arrogance and of omission, culminating in the entirely avoidable heart-wrenching courtroom scene complete with moist, pleading eyes.

Now that it was all over, Della wanted only one thing - to get that damn song out of her head.

"There is nothing sadder than
a one-man woman looking for
the man that got away."

She would never hear it again without thinking of Laura.

~x~

The Man That Got Away
music by Harold Arlen
lyrics by Ira Gershwin