"He had the notable vice of a smart appearance." How many women have fallen for men that only have that going for them, even if the look is a beater and pants slung too low?
"I always had understood the dying of love was mere poetic licence . . . (but) I would not have traded the delights of my suffering for anything in the world. I had spent more than fifteen years trying to translate the poems of Leopardi, and only on that afternoon did I have a profound sense of them: Ah me, if this is love, then how it torments." And how many people -- unfortunately often the young -- in fact enjoy the "torment" as much as the consummation, as does Marquez's 90-year-old narrator. What else can explain the voyeurism of Oprah, Dr. Phil and the horrible "Bachelor" shows?