Is a man obligated, by the laws of manhood, to challenge another man to a duel if said other man insults the first man's lover?
'Cause some redneck called my alleged roommate Zephyr a 'hippie pinko faggot' because she told him that he shouldn't be shooting prairie dogs for no reason, and Zephyr's boyfriend refuses to challenge the redneck to a duel. He does her laundry for her, and all sorts of domestic stuff like that, but he won't defend his lady's honor when someone calls her a hippie pinko faggot. Leah and I naturally gave him no end of grief for this, and still he refuses.
And the great thing about challenging someone to a duel - especially a sword duel - is that nobody's going to accept that challenge. Particularly since almost nobody has an appropriate sword. So you don't even have to fight the duel, just challenge it. And it's so rare for a man to insult a lady so honestly and offensively (but not yet illegally, 'cause that would call for actions other than a duel), some of us never even get this good an opportunity to challenge anyone to a duel.
I was always looking for an excuse to duel someone over Grey. That was how I loved her - didn't want anything from her, couldn't imagine actually being with her, just wanted to prove my devotion by doing something brave and foolish like swordfighting another man. Or anything, anything she might ask, but she never did ask anything. And no one ever offended her. Even through the eyes of envy I could see that her boyfriend treated her better than I would have been able. And so I never got to duel anyone.
I miss being in love like that. There's no one I would duel for now - not that I wouldn't duel anyway, for the sake of duelling, because duelling is awesome. But not for anyone.
And now Zephyr's boyfriend is wasting this perfect opportunity; I don't understand.