Tonight’s Line of the Night (LOTN) comes from Sarah, Venice, 2004, Chapter Twenty Seven
The idea of the oldest profession in the book brings a lot of questions to mind. Why are we fascinated by the courtesans of Venice, the Geisha, and Julia Roberts – but completely unamused by bachelor party strippers? That was one of the questions I asked in SL,UT.
Certain qualities concealed within me, I will reveal to you, infinitely sweetly, which prose or verse has never shown another,
on this condition:
that you prove your love to me by other means than compliments,
for I take care not to be fooled by them;
please me more with deeds and praise me less, and where your courtesy overflows into praise, distribute it in some other way.
Does what I say seem right to you, or do you instead perhaps think I am wrong, lacking experience to choose the right path?
Sir, being mocked is a most painful thing, especially in love;
and let whoever does not believe this show his reason why.
I am ready to walk in step with you,
and I will love you beyond any doubt,
just as your merit requires I should.
If in your breast you have love’s burning fire
I’ll feel it by your side,
for it will have the power to set my heart aflame, too;
it’s not possible to escape its blows, and whoever feels truly loved
is bound to love the lover in return;
but attempting to make white pass for black is something that everybody dislikes, even those whose judgment is weak.
So show me the fruits of your love for me, for only foolish folk are deceived by the lure of empty words…….
– Capitolo 1, Veronica Franco