In Enduring Love, doors symbolize obsession. When Joe first describes John Logan’s abandoned car, he states cryptically that its “door, or doors,” were “wide open,” a detail that makes Jean Logan believe that a second person—a woman—must have been in the car with her husband. For Jean Logan (and, to an extent, for Joe and Clarissa, who doggedly try, throughout the book, to remember just what they saw), the car’s doors are an entry point into an entire alternative narrative: if two doors were open, Jean’s husband must have been having an affair, and Jean’s married life must have been based on a lie. Elsewhere, doors contribute to obsession for other characters. When Joe glimpses Jed Parry in the reading room of the London Library, he becomes momentarily enthralled by the “diminishing pendulum movement” of the swinging doors that lead into a stairwell. (He “could not stop looking” at it.) When Jed Parry envisions, in a letter, his future life with Joe, he imagines Joe coming “right up to the front door,” where “hardly anyone” goes. In both of these cases, a door signifies the fulfilment of a certain kind of obsessive prophecy: Joe’s belief, even early in the novel, that he is being stalked by Parry, and Parry’s belief, against all reason, that Joe will one day come to live with him in his house.
The Enduring Love quotes below all refer to the symbol of Doors. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Chapter 4 Quotes
The timeline below shows where the symbol Doors appears in Enduring Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to work before they can discuss the situation further. As Clarissa is walking out the door, Joe’s closing words—a suggestion that Parry might very well be a “vengeful fanatic”—are interrupted by... (full context)
...“lawns” and “courtyard.” He looks forward to the day when Joe will approach the “front door” of the house, where “hardly anyone” goes, “apart from the postman.” Parry explains the chain... (full context)
...his own vehicle. Reid and Bonnie saw the accident—they were responsible for the second car door being open—but they fled the scene once they realized that there was nothing they could... (full context)