The great aids to idealization in love were present here: occasional observation of her from a distance, and the absence of social intercourse with her—visual familiarity, oral strangeness.
Separation, which was the means that chance offered to Gabriel Oak by Bathsheba’s disappearance, though effectual with people of certain humours, is apt to idealize the removed object with others—notably those whose affection, placid and regular as it may be, flows deep and long.
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as idealized and romanticized as a Disney cartoon
...we idealize youth and sexiness but recoil if our young want to be sexy.
Belinda Luscombe -- Time, 2008, The Truth About Teen Girls -- http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1840556,00.html(retrieved 11/03/09)