a.1.Passionate to excess.
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Bloom's masculinity seems vulnerable to dissolution in the "Nighttown" episode; and Proust, of course, returns again and again to Jews in the extremely complicated opening of Sodom and Gomorrah, where he speaks famously of the homosexuals as a race maudite (accursed race), parallels the case of Oscar Wilde with that of Dreyfus, and returns endlessly to metaphors drawn from natural history.(11) Proust seems particularly concerned throughout his work with the homosexual who doesn't wish to admit he lives in Sodom, with the Jew who is entirely accepted in high society until some turn of phrase or some overpassionate defense of Dreyfus undoes him.