Love transcends death in "The Return of Chorb." The story’s main character has lost his wife in a freak accident, but his feelings for her are unwavering and dictate his (rather bizarre) actions. In this tale, love is pure and can be understood only by the couple in question. It is chaste – they didn’t have sex on their wedding night – and almost holy in its motives.
Once his wife dies, Chorb is unable to love her.
Chorb only truly loves his wife after her death; he prefers the "image" of her to the woman who really existed.