This is for you Arsinoe, I think you should meet up with this guy who has been flirting with me recently. He is perfect for you. It’s not “good strategy to be devout and pure: it makes one seem a little…prud[ish].” Furthermore, maybe once you finally know what it is like to have a man who wants to be with you, you will be less bitter towards my lifestyle. In fact “let’s arrange shortly to have another frank exchange in which we’ll tell each other entre nous.” I think we could both learn and grow from some constructive criticism, especially you.
Oh my! What a rude thing to say! If I were you, Celimene, I would not be pointing out other people’s flaws. “There are some things, you must realize, one can’t excuse no matter how hard one tries. I was forced at last into conceding that your behavior, madam, is misleading, that it makes a bad impression giving rise to ugly gossip.” ‘Tis not my fault that your pathetic and desperate behavior causes people to whisper about you. And I must say, it is all true! As for my behavior, there is nothing to critisize. I’m always polite and well- mannered!