Reading From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

a mandolin
Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

2 Responses to Reading From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

  1. sarah February 15, 2009 at 3:02 am #

    This reading from Captain Corelli is lovely, except if the best man reads it. I went to a wedding where this happened. He dedicated it to the groom, and when he got to the line “Your mother and I had it”, our table erupted with uncontrollable laughter. Works better, I think, if that particular phrase is omitted.

  2. bill February 16, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Good point – I’m still laughing

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