I think it’s a luxury to waste time thinking about passages that do not concern one. More than that, it’s the fun part that takes us to places we wouldn’t ever visit. Anyhow, I have been thinking about these lines:
‘Perhaps the mere fact that he was so far below her gave her a sense of freedom in her relations with him that she would have lacked with a man of her own class. The spirit is very strange, it never soars so high as when the body has wallowed for a period in the gutter.’
Quite frankly, I think only the one who has been in this kind of relationship could provide a plausible explanation, but honesty is a rare thing. And it would be really rude to ask such questions. I don’t think it’s rot & these things happen in real life. When we used words like superior & inferior, it sounds quite low on our part. Class difference has always existed. Anyone can click. If it’s really genuine love, then there can’t be any calculations; it would just happen. I suppose you can’t even control it, even when you don’t want it to happen. What can you possibly do when you’re badly attracted towards someone who’s not even your type?
At the same time, there are people who feel good when they are better off than their partners. And maybe there is mental compatibility & connection between such individuals. Or maybe there is some sort of satisfaction.
You can never tell. And so what if you’re a complex! If a thing makes you happy, go for it! But yeah people will talk. They will judge you. That’s what they do.
And you meet gutter anywhere. You don’t have to go searching for it in any specific class.