“Women should be struck regularly — like gongs.” We may be too civilized to agree, but there’s no need to be shocked. Amanda is the woman, Elyot is the speaker, and he has had his share of clockings from her.
There was a time back around 1930 when a married couple could get into the most beastly fights and still claim the sophisticated, if not the moral, high ground. And that’s what matters, of course. Elegance and style. The cool jab. The witty bon mot. How they would raise an arched eyebrow at today’s confused messages between “reality” television trash fights and Judge Judy’s “But you put your hands on him first.”