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.