Love in the Time of Cholera
All that interested him was that the letter, in and of itself, gave him the opportunity, and even recognized his right, to respond. Even more: it demanded that he respond. (6.38)
It was a six-page letter, unlike any he had ever written before. It did not have the tone, or the style, or the rhetorical air of his early years of love, and his argument was so rational and measured that the scent of a gardenia would have been out of place. In a certain sense it was his closest approximation to the business letters he had never been able to write. (6.45)
"After all, letters belong to the person who write them. Don't you agree?"
He made a bold move.
"I do," he said. "That is why they are the first things returned when an affair is ended." (6.86)