She chooses he who must choose her.

VicNicSor

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Russian
Isaak tells his shrink colleague that he slept with his patient's sister.
Alan: It's a tawdry cliche, Isaak, a shrink with a weakness for an unhappy woman.
Isaak: I didn't say she was unhappy.
Alan: You didn't have to. "She chooses he who must choose her."
Final Analysis, film

I think it's a quote from literature, but what does this phrase mean? I.e., he chooses her, and she just must accept it?
Thanks.
 
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  • KHS

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    I have the sense that it implies that she (most likely subsconsciously) chooses a man whose own weakness (or some other characteristic) will inexorably (again, probably without being aware of it himself) draw him to choose her
     

    VicNicSor

    Senior Member
    Russian
    I have the sense that it implies that she (most likely subsconsciously) chooses a man whose own weakness (or some other characteristic) will inexorably (again, probably without being aware of it himself) draw him to choose her
    Sorry I don't understand neither from the OP nor from your rephrasing — who chooses first — he or she?
     

    KHS

    Senior Member
    She chooses first because she senses that he would/will choose her. In other words, they are drawn to each other by aspects of their character. You get the feeling that neither of them consciously makes a choice.
     
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