Jack: So where does the author actually stand? Do you think he secretly admires Bryon?
Juanita: I pray not. Bryon represents many of the worst male proclivities.
Jack: And why does the author describe himself as a servant of Aphrodite? Is there something transgender going on here?
Shu: Perhaps, but what of it? I prefer to think the author is simply experimenting with gender, which is essentially but one of many identity filters.
Jack: So we have a literary cross-dressing?
Jean: Why not?


Lord Bryon Replies

April 17, 1814
Sicily

My Lady

Why be rife about the human instincts which seem natural and right? Did I ask for any judge or jury to account for the steps I take? Despite the brilliant wit you command, I fear male passion is something you simply fail to understand. Fortunately the Greeks had greater clarity: they understood men and women were ruled by different deities. You are no doubt are under the Hera's sway, whilst I count myself enthralled by Aphrodite's gaze.
Though even Immortals quarrel on occasion, on the whole there is harmony. We, too, should do our best to avoid bitterness. If you wish to discuss poetry or art or politics with me, you're welcome – but pray, respect my privacy. Would it not be more profitable to turn your attention to literature, or perhaps that wonderful art you produce?
I know nothing of the child you speak of. Perhaps some other power has been at play? What I do know that there is too much fire in this blood for me to become the father and faithful husband for you seek. In that respect, perhaps the gods have been less than kind to you.

Saluting the natural warmth in your eyes,
B[ryron].

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