7 Erotic Stations
"We can see all the elements of timing, not only rhythm but also a talent for both comedy and fashion, at work in flirtation. This is an art that relies far more on good timing that one would suppose."
"Your dreams become almost real as you swear you can taste icy strawberries crushed in your mouth, and is it because you eyes are brimming with a child's tears of delight that everything around you seems to shimmer?"
"Now, as she stands in front of him, he can read the whole story in her posture, the lusty greed she has for everything in life, the indomitable energy, even the inflated estimation she has of herself that moves her toward the edge of derangement. Is it at this moment that he begins to see the future? He is perhaps startled for an instant at her directness, when she takes him by the hand, leading him toward the bed. But just as he is startled, his body responds in another way too...."
"If the interest she focuses on him has an immediate effect, it is because she is not feigning fascination. She is rather, from long habit, studying him closely, with the same intense intelligence she has always turned toward life."
"In her intense presence, he feels himself dissolving until, entering her mood entirely, he abandons himself to each ensuing moment of bliss."
"What a sense of satisfaction he feels now as slowly she lays her lovely robe over the bedpost.... But it is not just the mechanics of what she does that has always impressed him. He has all he has longed for now, even what he never quite understood before that he wanted. It is not just that she had made him happy. He is laughing to find himself lighter than air. And she has given him a deeper pleasure too; as if reaching into the center of who he is, she has mined the gold that was deep inside."
"The reverie comes later. Perhaps he has left her sleeping so that he can walk home through the park in the cool morning. Or perhaps a few years have passed. Either way, the shadows under the trees are fresh with memory."
--Susan Griffin, The Book of the Courtesans