Does Marcel the narrator ever realize Charlus was grooming him? I know the vocabulary is a fairly recent development, but surely after witnessing Jupien and Charlus in the beginning of Sodom and Gomorrah, he would have realized Charlus was pursuing him? And always the juxtaposition with empire, colonies, Africa, or the “orient”, why is sexuality held up against those things?
“The images selected by memory are as arbitrary, as narrow, as elusive as those which the imagination had formed and reality has destroyed. There is no reason why, existing outside ourselves, a real place should conform to the pictures in our memory rather than those in our dreams. And besides, a fresh reality will perhaps make us forget, detest even, the desires on account of which we set out on our journey.” Sodom and Gomorrah
“…one has a barrier between oneself and the rest of the world the barrier of a strange language.”