In THE CAPTIVE, Marcel, in Balbec for the summer, is overwhelmed by a realization of the import of his grandmother's death. His jealous love for Albertine continues, along with suspicions that she is a lesbian. He becomes intimately involved with the Verdurins, the snobbish bourgeois family at whose home he meets artists and musicians, as well as the ever-present Baron de Charlus. In THE FUGITIVE, despite his family's disapproval, Marcel and Albertine live together in Paris. He becomes obsessed with her life, and spies on her shamelessly, finally testing her love by suggesting they separate. She stuns him by leaving and is subsequently killed in a fall from a horse. His doomed obsession with her continues until he again encounters Gilberte Swann and travels to Venice with his mother; his memory begins to work, bringing back people and events from his childhood. He also publishes an article in Le Figaro, and begins to see the real possibility of a writing career.