I"ve read a text on http://www.nytimes.com and a sentence from it confused me a lot.

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I didn’t understand then that I had used him, too, to learn how to get from Point A to Point B again, and, let’s be honest, to simply eat at times.

What does "from Point A to Point B" mean in the above sentence? Now that it"s a text about love and the lovers fell into love and finally parted with each other, I thinks the Point A here should refer to "the process they fell into love", while Point B means "the result that they parted". Am I right in this?

Considering that you might lack the context, here is the text:

Getting to that safe place



I think the phrase is chosen to mean almost the opposite of what you suggest.

As Barrie England says, it is used "figuratively to refer to different emotional states"; and as you say "Point A" may be aligned with the beginning of the affair and "Point B" with its end.

However, what the author says is that she used "him" and the affair to learn how to get from Point A to Point B again—the last word referring to the failure of her previous abusive relationship.

She has now come to realize (as she did not at the time) that the affair was inauthentic on her part, a therapeutic exercise. It did not actually engage her in active commitment, it merely followed the trajectory of getting from Point A to Point B.


To get from point A to point B means to get from one place to another. It’s normally used in a literal sense, but here it seems to be used figuratively to refer to different emotional states.


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