| Quote #4
He was one of those rare people, rare in our town as elsewhere, who have the courage of their good feelings. What little he told of his personal life vouched for acts of kindness and a capacity for affection that no one in our times dares own to. (1.6.24)
Grand has the courage to be loving even when others are afraid to express such feeling.
| Quote #5
People bound together by friendship, affection, or physical love found themselves reduced to hunting for tokens of their past communion within the compass of a ten-word telegram. And since, in practice, the phrases of one can use in a telegram are quickly exhausted, long lives passed side by side, or passionate yearnings, soon declined to the exchange of such trite formulas as: "Am well. Always thinking of you. Love." (2.1.3)
Love cannot be expressed easily through short phrases – the experience of love is far different than and in fact not at all dependent upon the language we have for it.
| Quote #6
They weren’t one of those exemplary married couples of the Darby-and-Joan pattern; on the contrary, the narrator has grounds for saying that, in all probability, neither partner felt quite sure the marriage was all that could have been desired. But this ruthless, protracted separation enabled them to realize that they could not live apart, and in the sudden glow of this discovery the risk of plague seemed insignificant. (2.1.5)
The plague may cause suffering, but it also inflames feeling of love.