The vagaries of sexual attraction -- writes Antal Szerb -- can be analyzed in terms of sociological type. There are some people who can love only those of lower standing than themselves -- gentlemen of birth who pursue female servants, and ladies of rank who adore coachmen. There are those whose passions are strictly confined to members of their own stratum, and those who can only love those from a bracket higher than their own -- people in whose minds sex and ambition are inseparably fused.
Szerb teaches and delights. Above all, delights.