He got up and knelt beside my chair. Picking up my hand, he twined his fingers with mine. "You're forgetting something, iadala. Love is not a consequence. Love is not a choice. Love is a thirst - a need as vital to the soul as water is to the body. Love is a precious draft that not only soothes a parched throat but also vitalizes a man. It fortifies him enough that he is willing to slay dragons for the woman who offers it. Take that draft of love from me, and I will shrivel to dust. To take it from a man dying of thirst and give it to another while he watches is a cruelty I never thought you capable of."
- Chapter 18, pages 351-352
Mmmmmmm.... Here, ladies and gentlemen: the reason why I love these books so much. Why I love Ren more than most book boys. *sigh* Review on Monday!