It seems that the fair sex must always have a period of license, in whatever estate. It is a bad leavening that ferments sooner or later.[Il semble qu’il faut toujours au sexe un temps de libertinage, ou dans un état ou dans l’autre. C’est un mauvais levain qui fermente tôt ou tard.]
I’m sorry, but I do hate this differentiation between the sexes. “The modern girl has a thoroughly business-like attitude towards life.” That sort of thing. It’s not a bit true! Some girls are business-like and some aren’t. Some men are sentimental and muddle-headed, others are clear-headed and logical. There are just different types of brains. Sex only matters where sex is directly concerned.
For her, sex was nothing more than an itch. And this psychological and physiological neutrality of hers at once relieved her of so many human emotions and sentiments and desires. Sexual neutrality was the essence of coldness in an individual. It was a great and wonderful thing to be born with.