From: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights (4)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:37

Alex’s vanity was, like that of the dubious Casanova at the falsifying moment of composition, trapped in the belief that he had a special power, or perhaps a special duty, to please women. Having more charm than money played its part. So love was a treadmill, like churchgoing, kept alive by respect for the community. Many have this evangelical view of lovemaking: There! I’ve done it once today and twice the day before yesterday.