"Swann in Love"

This section stands apart from the rest of In Search of Lost Time. The narrator disappears as a character, telling instead of Swann's love for Odette. Some have suggested that this was Proust's attempt to show that he could write a conventional novel, if he chose. However, it is closely tied to the rest of the Search through its themes of love and jealousy, and through its depiction of French society, in the scenes at the Verdurin's salon.