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Quote #1

I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say. (5.1)

These lines from Mrs. de Winter, as she embarks on her memory of meeting and marrying Maxim, suggests the intensity of her love for him. What does she mean about love being "a fever, and a burden"? Have you ever felt this way?

Quote #2

"I'm sorry. I rather thought you loved me. A fine blow to my conceit." (6.69)

Notice that Maxim doesn't say anything about him loving her!

Quote #3

"I do love you […]. I love you dreadfully. You've made me very unhappy and I've been crying all night because I thought I should never see you again." (6.70)

This exchange between Maxim and the soon-to-be Mrs. de Winter is happening after he asks her to marry him, but before she accepts. It highlights the fact that he never admits to loving her, though she does so openly. Not cool, Maxim.

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