Love on the rocks~ain’t no surprise~

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“A wife does wifely things~a girl does girl things~they are never the same things”~a conversation on a beach on Capri~quite some years ago now~when I was very young~~
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 Why do you look at me?

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You’re a girl~you’re  pretty~why else?
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You like me?
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Like?
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You want me?
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In a way
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What do you want of me?
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I’ve a hair and nail salon~down the street~
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You want to change my hair?
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No
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What?
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There is a room on the back~you can stay there~
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Live there?
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Yes
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How long?
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Until I tire of you~
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I stay all day and all night too?
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Yes
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Can I go out with my friends and dance?
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Yes, when I do not want you~you can go out~
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What will I do all day in the hair place?
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Cut girls hair–give them manicures and pedicures~put in highlights~There is an old lady there who will teach you how to cut and color~~she will style and cover your hair the way I want you to look~~she will do this today~~and I will get you a pretty blue dress~~
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 A new blue dress and hairdo for me~today?
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Si, Si
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Can I keep the money?
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Money?
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From the hair salon?
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Sure if there is any~
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How many hours do I have to work in this place?
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As many as you like~in fact you can be on the beach most of the day~
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And at night?
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In the early night you will be with me~after that~do as you like~
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I can dance and date boys and see my girlfriends?
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Sure~
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And I have a place for free?
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Yes~
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And food and drink and money for the purse?
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Si, si
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Why did you pick me~am I sexy?
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In a way~
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But why me?
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It doesn’t have to be you~there are hundreds of pretty girls on this beach~all like you~
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Like me?
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Yes~young, pretty, broke, wanting to be models or movie stars or stewardesses~
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Will I become one of those?
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Likely no~but who can tell?
 
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I think I am the most beautiful girl on the beach~in all of Napoli~
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So do all the others~
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What?
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All the other girls on this beach think that they are the most beautiful here and in all of Napoli
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But you picked me~so I must be the prettiest of all~the most special
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No one said that~I haven’t said that~
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But you desire me?
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In a way~
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If you stop talking~
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OK~When do I start work?
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Now–we go see the salon now
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OK–is it nice?
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Here it is–look for yourself
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It’s not a palace
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No~~why would it be a palace~you are not a princessa?
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No~No princessa me~but I want you to treat me as a princessa~
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You have the wrong man~I will treat you like a girl~
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When~
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Each evening after work
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Will you fall in love with me?
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Love? No.
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Do you have a wife?
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Of course~
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Do you love her?
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Love? No.
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How many girls have had this job before?
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I don’t know~many
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How many?
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It is rude to count
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Do you love any woman?
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I love only 3 women~La Madonna e mi Madre e Italia~3 women~solo 3~
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