"... we decided that what kept them from losing interest -- from getting bored, straying or giving up -- was that they both relished small freedoms. They let themselves go -- apart from, but not in violation of, their relationship. They both were shameless, unapologetic, gifted flirts."
"Had the butcher one day put down his veal chop and said, "Mrs. Brownstein, why don't you meet me after work tonight?" the spell would have vanished, their secret world would have evaporated, all the shared moments would have instantly turned to shards of glass."This is so perfectly said. I love the idea that flirting creates a secret world in which we get to play, explore, imagine.
So, I encourage you -- go out, create some secret worlds, turn a phrase, see yourself in new ways through the eyes of another person!