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.