“And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.”
What does she see in him? Surely, like me, you’ve sat in the congregation at a wedding more than once, staring the couple before you. It couldn’t be the looks or the brain power, to be sure. Wouldn’t be the prospect for success or the pleasant disposition. Surely, she could do better for herself.
And yet those promises are made. Such bold things they are to say to another person, who is surely to change, and not always for the better. “Will you have this man, this woman?” Love which must choose, if it is to be love. What does she see in him? Isn’t it merely that she sees him, and that is enough.
The blindness of love: it must be about the oldest of all jokes. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when Titania awakens to fall in love with Bottom, recently turned into a donkey, he gets the best line: "And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.” Pascal may have been mulling over higher things, but he was making the same general point when he wrote: “The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know.”