"I refuse to pretend that I don’t like being told that I am beautiful. It is a fact, and though I would rather be the way I am than ugly, I don’t pay much attention to it. Sooner or later almost all the men I know make some comment about it. So I decided that this pleasant, rather cool young man thought I was ornamental, and it was satisfactory to be seen in a restaurant with me, and that was a fair deal. I liked him better for being rich, and he liked me better for being beautiful. Reasonable enough."
- Maria Magdalena Theotoky, The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies