“Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart,
‘Tis woman’s whole existence.”
Thus said Byron, in Don Juan, and answered one of my questions of today: how could he say he felt all those things about me, when I was so resistant to begin with … only to draw me in like fire and oxygen, yo-yo me around for months, and then explode my world with permanent separation?
The answer is because man can always still hold love apart from his life, and disconnect; can box it up till it’s meaningless and has no effect. While woman lives for love, to love, to be loved and to give love. Even scary women. Even non-romantic woman.
And maybe it isn’t about gender differences, but merely personalities. But the gender split is a convenient one at least, and meaning is hard to find without some context for the words.
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