In Fight Club (1999), Narrator looks down the barrel of a gun that's been stuck in his mouth. The gun is held by a man named Tyler:

Narrator: For a second, I forget about Tyler's controlled demolition thing and I wonder how clean that gun is.

Tyler: It's getting exciting now.

Narrator: That old saying, how you always hurt the one you love, well, it works both ways.

What "both ways" is Narrator referring to?

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There are two readings I can see:

  • You always hurt the ones you love and the ones you love always hurt you
  • You always hurt the ones you love and love the ones you hurt

It's hard to tell from the context posted which is meant, but I suspect from my hazy memory of the novel that the second is more likely.

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