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The Summons of Love$
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Mari Ruti

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158169

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158169.001.0001

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The Intrigue of Obstacles

The Intrigue of Obstacles

(p.109) [ 7 ] The Intrigue of Obstacles
The Summons of Love

Mari Ruti

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the opinion of French novelist Stendhal regarding the relational idealization, which he has termed the “crystallization”. A person in love has a tendency not to reconcile himself to what is attainable in reality, and instead aspires to rearrange his circumstances to conform to his desires. Stendhal labels this propensity as the “crystallization”—a force that furnishes a person with a desire for perfection. Through it, the object or person of desire, no matter how ordinary, is rendered extraordinary. Stendhal has explained that crystallization is fueled by the aloofness in a relationship. A person is prompted to give an extraordinary status to the aspects of his partner's life that he doesn't know about yet.

Keywords:   Stendhal, idealization, crystallization, love, aloofness

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