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8) From this it follows that the union which is sought after in love of friendship consists in having certain alikeness (that is, sharing in one form or uniformity).
It is the essential alikeness of the other's suffering that makes him interesting to Montaigne or to Lear, in that the other's capacity to endure inspires his social superior to do the same.
But late at night, when I watch them sleeping, I can see their alikeness so clearly.