« Isn’t she pretty? », she asked Robert Jordan. « How does she seem to thee ? a little thin ? »
« To me she seems very well », Robert Jordan said. Maria filled his cup with wine. « Drink that », she said. « It will make me seem even better. It is necessary to drink much of that for me to seem beautiful. »
« Then I had better stop », Robert Jordan said. « Already thou seemest beautiful and more. »
« That’s the way to talk », the woman said. « You talk like the good ones. What more does she seem? »
« Intelligent », Robert Jordan said lamely. Maria giggled and the woman shook her head sadly. « How well you begin and how it ends, Don Roberto. »
Ernest Hemingway, For whom the bell tolls, page 65.