Customs: Love's Long Leap

Paris and Helen took off together in a glorified canoe. Mark Antony and his Egyptian lady friend floated around in a perfumed barge. Louis XIV used a carriage, and Edward VII a train. Leander swam — and drowned. Today's expense-account philanderers pursue their sinful pleasures more securely via jet.

The jet has speeded up the art of assignation in a way that would have dazzled the oldtime long-distance lovers; in the time an older generation took to get to Atlantic City or Brighton, their descendants are making it to Athens or Addis Ababa. In fact, a man and his...

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