Conjugal plot. By Jeffrey Eugenides, its more than a romance novel. The protagonists - Madeleine, a student of English Studies, Leonard, manic-depressive, and Mitchell, student of theology - seek out a professional life. Madeleine feels clinging to Leonard, but its in Mitchell she often thinks about. The theology student leaves for a long trip with the hopes of discovering the meaning of life. Idealism, passion, romanticism and utopias, counterbalancing with real life, giving consistency to the ´marriage plot´ of Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides.