song against sex

“Myself When Young” [Daphne du Maurier]

“When I did eventually hear ‘the facts of life’ at eighteen from a school friend, I stared in astonishment and disbelief. What that what all the love stories I had read been about? What an extraordinary thing for people to want to do!”

“I suddenly thought how awful just being married would be.”


“A Border-Line Case” [Daphne du Maurier]
June 22, 2010, 3:26 pm
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“Well, I don’t strip down at the flick of a hat. It has to be someone I like. Am I shocking you?”

“Not in the least. A buffer like myself likes to know how the young live.”

She reached for a cigarette. This time he lighted it for her.

“The thing is,” she said, and she might have been talking to her father after Sunday supper, with her mother safe in the other room, only actually this was more fun, “the thing is, I find sex over-rated. Men make such a fuss, put one off, all that groaning. Some even cry. The only reason one does it is to claim a scalp, like playing Red Indians. The whole thing’s a dead loss, in my opinion. But there, I’m only nineteen. Plenty of time to ripen up.”

“I wouldn’t count on it. Nineteen is getting on a bit. It’s later than you think.”