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Old Mrs. Ludlow on Accepting Love

"'He's concentrated all his life on how he must behave to people, never on how they behave to him. . . . That's really always been Clemmy's idea of his problem: learning to love, learning to give himself. It's only natural that the poor darling should have overlooked his real problem: which is being loved.'

"I was amazed, not only by the wonderful old lady's perspicacity, but by the calm way in which she accepted what she saw. 'You don't think loving implies an acceptance of being loved?'

"'Not a bit of it. Loving can be quite egotistical, I'm afraid. It is the acceptance of love that is generous. It's what turns love into true love.'"

Louis Auchincloss, Fellow Passengers