Points of comparison:
- The aggressive public heterosexuality, featuring a near adoration of women and a constant leering evaluation of them as sexual objects
- The sneering condescension based on a shallow intellectual pride
- The overvaluation of art and the "proper" appreciation of art
- The concern over one's wardrobe
- The intense interest in the possible homosexual tendencies of other men
Their honour precarious, their liberty provisional, lasting only until the discovery of their crime; their position unstable, like that of the poet who one day was feasted at every table, applauded in every theatre in London, and on the next was driven from every lodging, unable to find a pillow upon which to lay his head.I wouldn't be wondering any of this, I believe, if the theme of Sodom and Gomorrah wasn't How gay is Paris, anyway?
One thing I find very interesting is that there's the same sense of fearful anticipation in scenes where Charlus is seducing men as in scenes where Marcel is attempting to seduce women. Marcel's sympathies and fears for Charlus are the same as his sympathies and fears for himself (or Proust's sympathies and fears are equal for both men). There is something dangerous about sex all through In Search of Lost Time, alluring and full of extreme risk.