All citations are from the Modern Library version, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrief and Terence Kilmarten, revised by D.J. Enright and noted by (Volume, Page).
I call the protagonist Marcel, who owns the point of view for most of the novel, and the narrator is the elder Marcel, looking back on his life. Occasionally the author, Proust, makes an appearance.
As for the enjoyment which is derived by a really discerning mind and a truly living heart from a thought beautifully expressed in the writings of a great writer, this is no doubt an entirely wholesome enjoyment, but, precious though the men may be who are truly capable of enjoying this pleasure–and how many of them are there in a generation?–they are nevertheless in the very process reduced to being no more than the full consciousness of another…he has added to it nothing…(VI,296)
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