God, what an ugly town it has become !
Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
(Somerset Maugham, The Appointment in Samarra, 1933)
I want to ask you a serious question. Are you flirting with me?