Definition: The action of isolating; the fact or condition of being isolated or standing alone; separation from other things or persons; solitariness. (OED.com)
Connection to Text: “He still remembered all of her, each tiny feature, remembered the smell of her tan and the cotton dress, her firm body, the lively sound of her voice, gay and free . . . The feeling of the just-experienced pleasure of all her feminine charm was still remarkably alive inside of him, but now the most important was really this second completely novel feeling—this strange, incomprehensible feeling that was not at all there while they were together, that he couldn’t even imagine yesterday when he started all this, thinking that it was just some silly acquaintance, and now, he couldn’t even tell her about it” (Bunin)!
“He needed salvation, something to engage in, to distract himself, to go somewhere. He threw on his cap decisively, took his swagger stick and walked quickly, his spurs ringing along the empty hallway, ran down the steep stairs to the lobby . . . But, where could he go? By the lobby a young cabby in a neat, long-fitting coat peacefully smoked a cigarette. The lieutenant
glanced at him feeling bewildered and amazed: how is it that he can sit at the reins so peacefully, smoking, and in general free, careless, and indifferent? “I am probably the only one in this entire town who is so terribly miserable,” he thought, making toward the bazaar” (Bunin).