Miss Manners on "Dating"
"There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must
be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to
begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate
amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount
of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced
proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer
call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted."
-- Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behaviour
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