“Think what you have meant to me”

I have just finished reading ‘The Very Thought of You’, by Rosie Alison. I love it. I can identify with several of the characters and the relationships they had. One particular passage (p100) perfectly reflects a relationship I’ve had:

“The ongoing erosion of their marriage was subtly cumulative, he felt, but turned on a series of failed moments which might perhaps have been different. For which he was to blame as much as her. There had been so many times when he might have reached out to Elizabeth and stroked her cheek, or caught her eye and touched her heart. But too often he would neither look at her, nor hear her silent calls; instead, he resisted her romantic gestures because he felt too foolish, in his condition, to be a lover.

Thomas knew that he had too often shut his own door on her.”

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