• I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.

    George Eliot, John Walter Cross (2010). “George Eliot's Life, as Related in Her Letters and Journals”, p.258, Cambridge University Press