Eleven Minutes (p. 263-264)
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I embraced him and he embraced me, and we lay down on the carpet beside the fire.
What made you fall in love with a prostitute?
I think it was because, knowing that your body would never be mine alone, I had to concentrate on conquering your soul.
Weren't you jealous?
You can't say to the spring: "Come now and last as long as possible." You can only say: "Come and bless me with your hope, and stay as long as you can."
Words lost in the wind. But I needed to hear them, and he needed to say them.
Vocabulary: CONQUERING -to gain a victory over; surmount; master; overcome
Moral: 1. There is more than meets the eye. 2. Love is not only keeping the person by you, but also knowing when to let go. Explanation: 1. Maria may have been a prostitute, but Ralf Hart wanted to know her, and her soul. He could have easily just used her for her profession, but he tried to understand her and her profession as two separate things without judgement. 2. One has to be rational and selfless at times. Ralf Hart knew she was leaving, but he did not force her to stay. He did not force her to do anything although he knew that they both loved each other.
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