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05/29/2014 06:07 pm ET | Updated Jul 28, 2014

The Rural Nubility

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You've heard of the rural nobility, but there is also the rural nubility which has continued to have an enormous influence even though we don't speak of it in the same breath as say the Duke of Earl. Yes dynasties like the Hohenzollerns and Habsburgs have fallen, but you will find a nubility that's thriving in the vast stretches of verdant land surrounding the great cities of the world, composed chiefly of comely young ladies at the prime of the lives. The nubility is particularly strong in France, but it is also a very important presence in Italy, Germany and many countries in the Scandinavian block. One thing that's important to note is the connection to some of the old world customs. To be a nubile young lady you have to have reached the age of monarchy, though you don't necessarily have to believe in the divine right of kings. Most nubiles are characterized by a certain ripeness and what they have in common with the nobility of the past is a standoffish quality. Because a nubile young lady is highly desired and finds many men hitting on her, she must keep her distance. She also learns quickly to make the most of the her talents by playing hard to get. If you go to one of the rural discos where royalty gather, you will find many nubile young women partying into the wee hours and you are likely to feel like a rejected suitor before the evening even starts. But one thing to remember is that someone is going to get lucky and you might as well be the one. Get your cards right out on the table and remember the adage which goes back as far as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table: swordsmanship is always mightier than penmanship.

painting: Baigneuse, ciel orageux by Felix Valloton

{This was originally posted to The Screaming Pope, Francis Levy's blog of rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture}