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The Rhythm of ThoughtArt, Literature, and Music after Merleau-Ponty$
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Jessica Wiskus

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030920

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031088.001.0001

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Proust: In Search of the True Albertine

Proust: In Search of the True Albertine

(p.66) 6 Proust: In Search of the True Albertine
The Rhythm of Thought

Jessica Wiskus

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the differences in Marcel’s perception of Albertine as he sees her through different occasions and settings. In the beginning, when Marcel sees Albertine as merely “a silhouette projected against the waves,” she has effectively been reduced to an entity without depth. Through this original experience, Marcel formulates his desire for a relationship with Albertine and spends the next years of his life pursuing her. The difficulty Marcel faced in relation to this desire increased through every contact, in which he finds that Albertine acquires an additional dimension of depth. Ironically, the longer he knew her, the greater mystery she offered to him. The years of Albertine’s life that passed during Marcel’s absence added a crucial dimension to the development of her character but, at the same time, presented a formidable challenge to Marcel.

Keywords:   marcel, albertine, perception, depth, dimension

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