The Metamorphoses Sex Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
(Vertumnus, disguised as an old woman): "And, too, your tastes show similarities: you tend your fruit with love, but is not he the first to welcome what you offer – glad to hold in his right hand your gifts of fruit? But now he is not bent on what your trees may bear; nor does he care for garden herbs, however sweet the juice: what he pursues is you alone – and nothing else will do. Have mercy, he is burning; act as if the plea that you are hearing from my lips had come from his own self." (14.687-692)
Vertumnus, in attempting to pick up Pomona, brings out some of the usual tricks: sweet-talk about how they have common interests (plants), as well as, of course, asking her to relieve his burning sexual desire. What makes this especially sneaky is that he is in disguise – so that these words come off as impartial advice, instead of his own feelings.