“I hope that I misunderstood you,” she said contemptuously, “because otherwise I’d run even from your shadow. I’m an attractive woman, and you’re one of my many admirers. I showed you my favour in that, whereas I turned away gifts from other people, I accepted the most trivial things from you with gratitude. And in times of need I even asked you for loans. If, in your obsession over money, you took it to mean something else, I’ll forgive you. That’s only human nature. But understand this—money has never yet won a woman’s heart and it never will.”

Posted February 24, 2003

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