Marcel brings Albertine to live with him in Paris where he treats her more like a captive. Obsessively jealous, he discards his social circle and alternately tries to please her or to leave her. Above all he tortures himself thinking about, asking about and neurotically thwarting any possible indulgence in her lesbian tastes. Meantime, Charlus public behavior becomes increasingly outrageous until he is publicly disgraced by the now influential Verdurins. Albertine leaves without warning and disappears.