A memorable scene shows him in his 20s, at a party thrown by Rachel, a girl he has unrequitedly
loved for years.
This potentially explosive situation is complicated by the fact that Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris, is unrequitedly
in love with Radam?s.
Sometimes a more specific allusion teases us with a hint of possibly determinate meaning, for instance a collaged newspaper photo of Renee Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc, or a metallic paint, pastel, and graphite drawing of a figure with wide-open eyes, gaping mouth, and upraised hands, evidently modeled on Paul Klee's Angelus Nouns, 1920--Walter Benjamin's famous "angel of history" desiring unrequitedly
to "awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed." And yet I don't think Merz cares to make anything whole.
Petrarch's speaker in the Rime had proposed that to love unrequitedly
is to journey into exile.
The reader then suspects that the speaker's lack of excitement about her lover's return is not due to modesty or passionlessness (which one might expect from a shy Victorian maiden) but because she had loved so laboriously, painfully, and unrequitedly
for so long, that now she is simply exhausted and incapable of mustering the expected response.
Their love story didn't develop as much and lasted unrequitedly