Ben realized soon after he met Fiona that he had
never been so aroused by a female; his desire for
her showed him a part of his nature he had
not known to exist; he was seized by a biological
force that had nothing to do with the mind, and
he was driven to have her. Fiona was a lovely
girl with elongated gray eyes like a cat’s, perfect teeth,
a straight nose, a lithe, frank body. After their first
coupling Ben wrote a sonnet and left it beside her;
rhyme and meter came easily to Ben. Fiona inspired him.
Paraphrases from the novel The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry.