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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Sex Quotes

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Quote #7

[Clare to Henry:] "But how much sex is enough?" [Henry:] "For me? Oh, God. My idea of the perfect life would be if we stayed in bed all the time." (1.11.24)

Clare seems to be concerned about Henry's strong sex drive. Could his inclination also point to some other underlying personal need?

Quote #8

[Clare:] "And you appeared, and I basically teased you until you couldn't take it. […] And you jumped me and pinned me, and for about thirty seconds we both thought 'This is it.' […] But you got this look on your face and you said, 'No,' and you got up and walked away." [Henry:] "Wow, that's a better man than I." (1.11.42-45)

Henry's love for Clare seems to have helped him transform from a womanizer, out for quick sexual pleasure, to a responsible grown-up man, a man he didn't believed he had in him.

Quote #9

[Henry to Clare:] "I'm not kidding about wanting that much sex. I mean, I realize that it's not practical. But I've been wanting to tell you: I feel so different. I just… feel so connected to you. And I think that holds me here, in the present. Being physically connected the way we are, it's kind of rewiring my brain." (1.11.49)

Henry believes that the cure to his disorder might be sex, in the sense that their physical connection is tangible, something that grounds him in reality.

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