"'mature affection, homage, devotion, does not easily express itself. Its voice is low. It is modest and retiring, it lies in ambush, waits and waits. Such is the mature fruit. Sometimes a life glides away, and finds it still ripening in the shade.' "

Jane Austen is among other nineteenth-century authors to explore the same idea. Austen most notably compares these different forms of romance by juxtaposing the experiences of the emotive Marianne and the practical Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1811).