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Do we expect too much from love?

Love for humans has taken over from love for God

By Godfrey Barker  

An American postcard from the early 20th century. Can love bear the burden that we have placed on it? © University of Maryland

In Anthony Trollope’s novel, The Duke’s Children, the Duke of Omnium learns that his children wish to marry for love. For 800 pages he seeks to frustrate them. “What am I to say, Sir?” asks his son, the Marquess of Silverbridge, in despair. “I love the girl better than my life. What is a man to do when he feels like that?” Lady Mary Palliser…

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