Maeve is an entirely normal, healthy young woman in every respect-except that she is totally frustrated by the lack of any attention, particularly sexual attention, from her husband. Like most frustrated people, she attempts to divert her burning energies into another channel. In this case, Maeve develops an interest in art, spends many hours a day painting... and thus in her turn begins to neglect her housework and her husband.
Thus the well-known vicious circle has started to spin, and once it begins, it gathers momentum rapidly with every passing day. When other complicating factors, such as the Crandalls' nymphomaniacal neighbor, Betty, enter the picture, the situation really becomes explosive.