dialogue, quotes

it’s not even the pleasures of the flesh I’m talking about

I am reading more Philip Roth today: here is an excerpt from a fight about contraceptive devices.

She walked over to me, leaving white footprints on the grass. “I didn’t think you were such a creature of the flesh,” she said.

“Didn’t you?” I said. “I’ll tell you something that you ought to know. It’s not even the pleasures of the flesh I’m talking about.”

“Then, frankly, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Why you’re even bothering. Isn’t what we use sufficient?”

“I”m bothering just because I want you to go to a doctor and get a diaphragm. That’s all. No explanation. Just do it. Do it because I asked you to.”

“You’re not being reasonable – ”

“Goddamit, Brenda!”

“Goddamit yourself!” she said and went up into the house.

– Philip Roth, GOODBYE, COLUMBUS

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