Magical Realism depicts love in many forms whether it be romantic, familial, or religious. It depicts that which is forbidden and frowned upon or even just a lust for life and love of humanity. Magical realism tends to approach the concept as a hopeless romantic would describing love affairs of an invincible, exclusive, and omnipotent tier. These love affairs, specifically in Allende's stories, tend to serve a purpose in the story. Style serves the genre of magical realism an extremely potent method of depicting the concept of love as fantastically as found necessary. For example, both Phantom Palace and Simple Maria describe an immediate, intuitive profound love between two people. El benefactor's attraction towards Marcia is described by the clever sentence "She awakened memories of past conquests, fueling a heat in his blood that he had not felt in years". The quote's manipulation of scheme compares his attraction to the theoretical concept of El Benefactor's illustrious past, the only memory he has of ever being fulfilled. The length of the sentence is symbolic of a restless, nervous lust. Love in Simple Maria, is depicted similarly as a supernaturally gratifying concept: ""she learned in less than three minutes the difference between an aged husband stifled by the fear of god and an insatiable greek sailor afire from the craving born of several weeks of oceanic chastity. Dazed, Maria discovered her own potential". Here, style is utilized by using words like "god", "aged", "afire", "oceanic",and "insatiable", "craving" which when juxtaposed, contrast between a previously constrained and mundane state of mind with a new passionate enlightenment lit aflame by an otherworldly love. It exaggerates Maria's newfound lust by taking into account its relationship to her environment (ocean), her past (aged husband stifled by god), and the stimulation of her senses (insatiable greek sailor set afire from craving) Discreet Miracle takes a different approach to this magical portrayal of love by depicting it in terms of a passionate devotion to god and humanity which is exacerbated by an element of a higher driving force: "There with a touch of irony, he had recounted the ups and downs of his vocation, beginning with the moment when at fifteen the call of god has fallen upon his head with the force of a lead pipe, continuing his struggles against the cardinal sins.... He had hung a portrait of Juana, crowned by a garland of flowers, beside his ubiquitous red flags" This quote signifies a new disclosure to Miguel's religious and political intensity in terms of a higher power by drawing parallels with his initial call to pursue god to his new revelation on many forms god can take.