‘God be praised,’ she said, ‘that at least once in my life I have had my fill without sin.’
~ Anon., from Montaigne, Essays II, 3
Purportedly the words of a woman from Toulouse roughly used by a group of soldiers during the French civil wars, Montaigne had them second-hand. I don’t find it very credible. But perhaps we would all prefer being forced to indulge ourselves. I had no alternative, really, but to eat that donut, to knife that bastard, to spend a whole week at the brothel, etc. Personally, I’m awaiting the mugger of my dreams to demand at gunpoint that I buy the $200 edition of Alice with the Mervyn Peake illustrations at the bookshop down the street – oh, and that bottle of 21-year-old Lagavulin too.