• Both of them are tormented by unrequited love. For Julian it is Penelope Aldaya and for Daniel it is Clara. All their love, despite falling in love with other people and in Daniel’s case happily and in Julian’s grudgingly or like an arrangement of convenience, both the protagonists are longing for their lost love.
  • Both of them fall in love with their best friends sister and almost are beaten to death for the same. Both of them seek something that is almost forbidden for them and out of their social class and this lands them into troubles.
  • Both of them are bugs waiting to fall into Javier’s trap and be killed mercilessly but thankfully both of them avoid the same make it out safely.
  • Victor Hugos’s MontBlanc pen that connects both of them is symbolic of both the protagonists ambitions to create through words.
  • Julian publishes lots of books and unwittingly opens up pandoras box and loses everyone around him in the process including himself (physically and mentally). Daniel on the other hand never gets to pen down anything beyond the accounting books in the shop and never opens that said box. He gets married to the girl he loves, has a son who he later introduces to the cemetery of forgotten books. Embracing his words was Julian’s damnation and not doing so was Daniels’s escape rom purgatory.

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