I shall not take you through the frightful years of her life: the repetitive cutting, the anorexia, the failed first marriage, the psychiatrists, and the therapy. Rather, let us jump to about age 30, when she fell in love with a man of determined good cheer. She explained to him that her cutting, unlike alcohol or doing drugs, was not destructive. He replied that it was destructive because it hurt him. "I was surprised, taken aback, then, by the expectation implicit in his stubborn refusal just to let the matter slide—the expectation that true love obligated me to consider his feelings in the issue" (p. 167).