Loneliness is a wonderful thing. I would never, never have learned to play the French horn if it weren't for loneliness. I would never have come all the way across the sea if it weren't for loneliness. ... You've never been lonely in your life. You are retarded where loneliness is concerned. You've been ruined by too much love for your brother. You were ruined by love when you were a very, very young girl.