"'I don't believe Shakespeare told Julia to try fainting,' said Cantrip. 'He's dead.'
'She is referring,' said Selena, 'to his early poem "Venus and Adonis". Julia read it at an impressionable age and has since regarded it as a sort of seduction manual.'
'It is a most indelicate work,' said Ragwort. 'Not at all suitable reading for a young girl.'
'It's hardly Julia's fault,' said Selena. 'They told her at school that Shakespeare was educational.'
'As I recall,' I said, 'the methods employed by the goddess in her pursuit of Adonis, though forceful, achieved only limited success. Doesn't Julia find that discouraging?'"
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