“He always seemed to women different from what he was, and they loved in him not himself, but the man created by their imagination, whom they had been eagerly seeking all their lives; and afterwards, when they noticed their mistake, they loved him all the same. And not one of them had been happy with him. Time passed, he had made their acquaintance, got on with them, parted, but he had never once loved; it was anything you like, but not love.”
― Anton Chekhov, The Lady With the Dog in “The Essential Tales of Chekhov,” translated by Constance Garnett.
Image: Still from The Lady with the Dog, 1960, directed by Iosif Kheifits.