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Even though I now affect him with no different an affect than on the previous occasion, the other, besides the neutral affect, now experiences something more, that is, the affect of joy that is-in the absence of the efficient cause of the affect-awakened in him by the neutral affect itself that I am affecting him with. Although I behave toward the other in exactly the same way as I did when he first saw me, although I display an equally cool disinterest in him, although I do not want anything from him-the other now nonetheless loves me.
God, then, expects us to maintain our union to the body we animate, to the thing that in fact weakens the union that we have with him. In order that the mind's concern for the preservation of the body to which it is united not distract it from fortifying its union to universal Reason, God, in the presence of bodies, produces in the mind various sensations, by which he informs us of the relations these bodies have with the one that we animate.
By loving me, he sees in me the cause of his joy. When I perceive myself as the object of his love, I know that, in the other's eyes, I am the (external) cause of his joy. According to proposition 33, a demand for reciprocity necessarily ensues. The other is now striving, as far as he can, to bring it about that I should love him in return; he wants me to return his love. According to proposition 41, whether I will return the other's love or not depends on whether or not I believe I have given him cause for his love: If I believe I have given just cause for the other's love, I shall exult at being esteemed.