Mitch brings his wife, Janine, to meet Morrie. Morrie's been asking for her to come since the beginning of their Tuesday meetings.
Janine talks to Morrie once on the phone before the trip happens. Mitch explains that his wife is "blessed with far more intuitive kindness" (20.14) than he is; the two chat on the phone like old friends. When she hangs up she tells Mitch that she's coming with him next time.
Mitch and Janine arrive and Morrie starts telling a story about Detroit, Janine's hometown.
When the story is finished Morrie laughs heartily, or as well as he can given how weak he is.
They are interrupted by Connie, who has lunch ready; at this point, Morrie can only consume liquids.
Morrie asks Janine to sing because he hears that she's got a great voice. She usually refuses this request, so Mitch is surprised when Janine starts singing "The Very Thought of You."
Morrie closes his eyes and smiles. Mitch says you could almost see him dancing in his head.
When it is over Morrie is in tears, and Mitch says that he has never heard his wife sing so beautifully.
Mitch writes that he struggles with marriage, just like everyone else in his generation. So much so, in fact, that he waited seven years to propose to Janine.
He asks Morrie why it's such a problem.
Morrie says that people don't know what they want from themselves, so it's impossible for them to decide what they want from a partner. People are also selfish.
Morrie says that there's no one like a spouse; friends just aren't the same.
Morrie and his own wife have been married for forty-four years, since they met as students. They're very different because he's an open person (in case you hadn't noticed) and she prefers to stay to herself.
Although its difficult to say if something will work, Morrie says that there are a few rules. Two of the most important ones? You have to respect each other, and you also have to have similar values.
Mitch asks Morrie about the story of Job, who was tested by God by losing everything that he had. Morrie's opinion is that God went a bit overboard.