and it was during that period that Madeleine fully understood how the lover’s discourse was of an extreme solitude. the solitude was extreme because it wasn’t physical. it was extreme because you felt it while in the company of the person you loved. it was extreme because it was in your head, that most solitary of places.
— madeleine on barthes’ a lover’s discourse. the marriage plot by jeffrey eugenides. (via lecultofthemarvelous)