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Quote #1

She felt a sudden, strange leap of sympathy for him, a leap mingled with compassion, and tinged with repulsion, amounting almost to love. (3.30)

Love is a many splendored thing… or it's a kitchen-sink blend of emotions, including some less-than-nice ones. Connie doesn't know whether to hate Michaelis or love him, so she decides to do both.

Quote #2

Love's another of those half-witted performances today. Fellows with swaying waists fucking little jazz girls with small boy buttocks, like two collar studs. (4.78)

Tommy Dukes, the voice of modernity, can't think of anything nice to say about love, and especially not about jazz kids who pretend to be in love. It's all for show—and it's not even a very good show.

Quote #3

There was no mistake that the woman was in some way in love with him: whatever force we give to the word love. (9.35)

Mrs. Bolton has a bit of thing for Clifford, but it's not clear what she's after. She's clearly not into his body, so it's more like she's in love with her power over him. Passages like this are how we know to be suspicious of love—thanks for that heads up, D. H.

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