Then Nina said a propos of the film, “All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I’d sooner go to my dentist any day.”
Adam said, “You’ll enjoy it more next time.”
Nina said, “Nest time,” and told him that he took too much for granted.
Adam said that was a phrase which only prositutes used.
Then they started a real quarrel which lasted all through the film and all the way to Nina’s flat and all the time she was cutting up a lemon and making a cocktail, until Adam said that if she didn’t stop going on he would ravish her there and then on her own hearth-rug.
Then Nina went on.
But by the time that Adam went to dress she had climbed down eough to admit that perhaps love was a thing one could grow to be fond of after a time, like smoking a pipe. Still she maintained that it made one feel very ill at first, and she doubted if it was worth it.
Then they began to argue at the top of the lift about whether acquired tastes were ever worth acquiring. Adam sait it was imitation, and that it was natural to man to be imitative, so that aquired tastes were natural.
But the presence of the lift boy stopped that argument coming to a solution as the other had done.