"Suddenly, a new image had risen up before me, a lofty and cherished image. And no need, no urge was as deep or as fervent within me as the craving to worship and admire. I gave her the name Beatrice…."

This passage comes from Chapter 4, right after Sinclair has seen Beatrice in the park. It is here that Sinclair changes his behavior and resolves to become more serious. In Beatrice, he acquires a sort of god—something that gives meaning to his action and drives him to want to excel. Sinclair has seen the wonder of a radiant woman and felt close at hand the possibility of true love. This impels him to reform his behavior, be more creative, and strive to improve himself.