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"You're making a fool of yourself and a fool of me"


There are many great love stories in literature - among my favourites are The Wind in The Willows, The Great Gatsby, Burmese Days, and The Idiot.  However, perhaps the most troubling, doomed (and realistic?) evocation of unrequited love that I have enjoyed is Maughm's Of Human Bondage.  It was also a great film in the 1930s.

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