We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. [...] by its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies - all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable.
He’d moved toward me again. his hands released mine and moved to my waist, and i noticed i wasn’t the only one breathing heavily. he pulled me to him, bringing our bodies together. the world was all heat and electricity, thick with tension that was only one spark away from exploding around us. i was balancing on another precipice, which wasn’t easy to do in heels. i wrapped my arms around his neck, and this time i was the one who drew him closer.
[...] "i recall what you said to me once," will went on. "that words have the power to change us. Your words have changed me, tess; they have made me a better man than i would have been otherwise. Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages i have not read. I would read them together with you, as many as i can, before i die -