The author’s experience of love and care for a person both psychologically wounded and physically ill provides the framework for a discussion of limits in intimate relationships—when demands on the lover threaten to destroy her capacity to love. Interspersing reflections on works of memoir, fiction and philosophy that explore this limit with personal essays on the ambiguities of love for an abusive person, this section forms the very heart of Love in the Dark, exposing its central impetus. The limit is revealed to be uncompromising: when the boundaries between two lovers, two persons, are not respected, the only option is to leave. That this is painful, perhaps even cruel, is as evident as the author’s conclusion that love can neither bear all things nor take responsibility for another’s life.
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