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Absence of True Love in Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and Boyle's Astronomer's Wife Many people in today's society have been in love or will probably be in love sometime in their lifetime. I am not talking about small crushes we call love; I am talking about that love which makes us tingle when we think about it, true love. Most people are searching for their true love, but what they are basing this adore on is their idea of the perfect love. Ideal love is that which we think love ought to be what it must feel like. My idea of perfect love is if you want to be with the same person everyday and never get tired of these. Each single time you see each other you get the exact same warm, tingly feeling you've got the first time you saw each other. Although everyone has their own idea what the ideal love should be, they are totally basing it on the idea of true love. By way of instance, the saying "Love Conquers All" only says that if you have love in your lifetime you'll be able to make it through anything. The tales "Astronomer's Wife," by Kay Boyle, and "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, both show that without love in a marriage there's a lifetime of pain and frustration. "The Yellow Wallpaper" and the "Astronomer's Wife" both portray the idea that over time lust and love that isn't true love fades. Both of these tales are based on unions where love is non existent. There may have been some kind of love or affection in the beginning, but it wasn't true love. Neither of the marriages in those stories have the warmth and comfort that is usually associated in marriage. In "The Yellow Wallpaper" the union is similar to a doctor-patient relationship as opposed to a husband-wife relationship. The marriage in the "Astronomer's Wife" is more l.. .