"The women were still standing, staring at each other. Then one spoke with measured theatrical violence; what she uttered was the most preposterous insult. Minutes passed and the women stood silent. Then the other spoke, and again, projecting her voice as if she spoke from behind a tragic mask, she said the unsayable. Behind the half-closed shutters the inhabitants of the frabb'ca watched in total silence. Mariuzz' came quietly up and stood holding my hand, watching for an hour until the flyting match was over, and the women left the stage." - 'The Madwoman's Underclothes', Germaine Greer.