You didn’t answer my question. I asked you about being in love. You said what it was like when your wife went away.” Martin sat down again. How young she is. When we were that young we invented the world, no one could tell us a thing. Julia stood with her hands clenched, as though she wanted to pound an answer out of him. “Being in love is … anxious,” he said. “Wanting to please, worrying that she will see me as I really am. But wanting to be known. That is … you’re naked, moaning in the dark, no dignity at all … I wanted her to see me and to love me even though she knew everything I am, and I knew her. Now shes gone, and my knowledge is incomplete. So all day I imagine what she is doing, what she says and who she talks to, how she looks. I try to supply the missing hours, and it gets harder as they pile up, all the time shes been gone. I have to imagine. I don’t know, really. I don’t know any more.”
— Audrey Niffenegger
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