THE MISTRESS CONTRACT by She and He
She and He first met at university and then lost touch. When they met again – having both been married to other people – they recognised a streak of independence and freedom from convention in each other and began an affair which led, eventually, to her proposing The Mistress Contract.
The Contract established a unique set of terms for their relationship. He would provide her with a home and an income, while she would provide ‘mistress services’: ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’
On a small recorder that fitted in her handbag, this extraordinary couple began to tape their conversations about the relationship– at home and in restaurants, on the telephone and in bed. This book is based on those tapes, produced thirty years later, when they decided to open up the innermost workings of their relationship to scrutiny. Signed in 1981, the contract is still in force. She is 88, and he is 93. They remain anonymous.