Alain de Botton’s girlfriend and traveling companion in Barbados and the Lake District. M. spends much of their vacation in Barbados reading on the beach before the couple gets in a heated argument over dessert at a restaurant. Their conflict dredges up underlying issues in their relationship, and although they make up later that evening, this incident proves to de Botton that the serenity promised by vacation and aesthetic pleasure he finds in Barbados are ultimately contingent on his fulfilling more fundamental, psychological needs (like the health of his relationship).
M. Character Timeline in The Art of Travel
The timeline below shows where the character M. appears in The Art of Travel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: On Anticipation
...more rewarding to suggest that it is primarily different.” When he lands in Barbados with M., his travel partner, he immediately notices “a revolution in the climate” and realizes that actually... (full context)
Chapter 5: On the Country and the City