24th July, 1884.
Dr. Aveling and Miss Marx have just come to see me. She is now to be called Mrs. Aveling. I was glad to see her face. I love her. But she looks so miserable. Henry, what a great and solemn thing love is. I want, in my life's work, if I work much and live long, to show what a wonderful power love has over the physical and through it over the mental nature, over what we call the soul, the inner self. In this book [From Man to Man] I have tried to show it. But, you see, when I wrote it I did not know what the last three years have taught. I can only try to show it here and there.