Old admonitions of his aunt's echoed through his mind: "Patience, liam-- that's the best lesson a young man can learn in his dealings with the female sex. I know you young fellows, it only takes a thought to get you ready and then you want to shoot of as quick as you can. Well, a woman isn't like that. She needs to be stroked and soothed and brought to readiness in her own good time. If every man was taught to do that, as I intend to teach you, there'd be a lot less unhappiness in the world...' was that, he wondered, why she had let Viviana see him naked earlier that week?