I once called upon the services of a “fourth generation intuitive.” How did she start her intuiting? By explaining that some people can see shadows - that dark side that most people hide, that’s what they see first. And because they were able to hold that space, those with darker pasts tended to gravitate, to confess, to confide with said people, leading to a tendency towards delving deep into human psyches rather than skittering across the surface. Did this sound familiar to me? Did it indeed.
Which I’m sure has you wondering - what has that got to do with love? Everything. Love that embraces the darker, murkier elements of being human, is just as much love as the lighter, fuzzier side. Sometimes even more so. Not that I don't appreciate the HEA’s, I do. But what about the rest of us? In all our flawed, effed-up humanity?
Are these choices what you’d find in most top-5 lists? Probably not. But each one has a special place in my pantheon of learning about that ultimate of four-letter words - LOVE.
In no particular order:
Carter, Angela. (1979). The Bloody Chamber. Vintage. London. pp.138-139
Forster, E.M. (1908). A Room with a View. Penguin. London. p.66, p.223, p.225
Robbins, Tom. (1980). Still Life with Woodpecker. Corgi Books. London. p.60, pp.262-264
Hoffman, Alice. (1995). Practical Magic. Macmillan. London. p. 246
Davidson, Andrew. (2008). The Gargoyle. Canongate. New York. p.1, p.465