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I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. (From Endora Welty's writing)
What is the phrase "captured and carried off to myself" used to describe?
1) myself? (I was captured and carried off to myself, meaning I was attracted to the books and was carried away by my possession of them)
2) the books (The books were captured and carried off to myself. But what does "carried off to myself" mean here? Why "to myself")
But what does the phrase mean? Can somebody help?