Montaigne, La Boétie, friendship
In the world of change and becoming revealed by Montaigne's Essais, his friendship with La Boétie stands out as an island of firmness and stability. Montaigne never questions the perfection of their relationship, nor have his readers doubted Montaigne's sincerity. They have taken Montaigne at his word in part because so little is actually known about the two friends' relations, but primarily because La Boétie's friendship is not nearly as important to Montaigne studies as La Boétie's death.
Nilles, Camilla J.
"Montaigne's "De l'amitié" and the Problem of Communication,"
Quidditas: Vol. 10
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol10/iss1/7