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delivering her true self

“‘There is no pain compared to that of loving a woman who makes her body accessible to one and yet who is incapable of delivering her true self — because she does not know where to find it.’”

— Lawrence Durrell, Justine

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a simultaneous firing of two spirits

“‘Idle’ she writes ‘to imagine falling in love as a correspondence of minds, of thoughts; it is a simultaneous firing of two spirits engaged in the autonomous act of growing up. 16 more words

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a marvellous capacity

“What a marvellous capacity for unhappiness we writers have!”

— Lawrence Durrell, Justine

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a popular saying

“I heard Justine’s voice in my head saying: ‘Our love has become like some fearful misquotation in a popular saying’”

— Lawrence Durrell, Justine

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always hated literary conversation

“Your Greek is good. Doubtless you are a writer.’ I said: ‘Doubtless.’ Not to be known always wounds. There seemed no point in pursuing all this. 9 more words

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darkly woven colours of sensuality

“Quite early on I discovered that she could mind-read in an unerring fashion. Ideas came to us simultaneously. I remember once being made aware that she was sharing in her mind a thought which had just presented itself to mine, namely: ‘This intimacy should go no further, for we have already exhausted all its possibilities in our respective imaginations: and what we shall end by discovering, behind the darkly woven colours of sensuality, will be a friendship so profound that we shall become bondsmen forever.’ It was, if you like, the flirtation of minds prematurely exhausted by experience which seemed so much more dangerous than a love founded in sexual attraction.”

— Lawrence Durrell, Justine

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