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Elective affinities: Formerly, this referred to a theory describing preferential combination and reaction among different chemical elements; also the title of Goethe’s third novel, published in 1809, examining whether the “chemistry” between lovers tended to subvert the institution of marriage.

Elective Affinities (2011). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

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Tomas October 26, 2011, 1:43 pm

I think that these ‘chemical elements’ reflects the spiritual questions.

Eric Edelman October 26, 2011, 5:31 pm

Absolutely, Tomas. As you’re aware, that was also the view of the medieval alchemists, who were the spiritual and intellectual ancestors of modern-day scientists.

Jen ~ Mom of 2 October 26, 2011, 3:11 pm

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Eric Edelman October 26, 2011, 5:25 pm

Thanks for your visit and comment! I hope you’ve having a great day as well.

GrammyMouseTails October 26, 2011, 8:12 pm

I like the collage, but as usual your words go over my empty head! tho the rabbit square does remind me of alice in Wonderland… I wonder what land I am in??

Eric Edelman October 26, 2011, 8:26 pm

Thanks for your comment! Sorry that my words are a bit incomprehensible — I forgot to mention that the picture and its concept are like Alice in Surreal-Land!

ErikaPrice {Linky} November 9, 2011, 7:34 pm

So, do you agree with Goethes hypothesis that the chemistry between lovers does tend to subvert the institution of marriage? Or does it possibly enhance it?!

Eric Edelman November 10, 2011, 6:04 pm

No, not at all. It depends on the particular marriage. Goethe and the other early Romantics tended to harp upon the doomed nature of romantic love and lovers. And much of the tragedy in the work of Romantic novelists and poets centered on the conflict between lovers’ expectations and reality. But a lot of the tragedy actually arose by confusing mere sexual attraction with an abiding affection and respect for a person’s character, values, and goals. The combination of the two may indeed enhance a marriage, whereas one without the other may lead to its dissolution.

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