How to convey the impossibility of a person’s love being requited!

‘He could no more stir in her the emotions that make the sweet intoxication of young love, than the mere picture of a sun can stir the spring sap in the subtle fibres of the plant.’

Source: George Eliot, Adam Bede (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985 (1859)), p. 144

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