OK, I'm really trying to understand the public's interest in this Petraeus thing. Congressmen's interest I get. They're idiots. The media's interest I can appreciate. They're whores. But the public's interest? The same public that quite understandably didn't give a damn that a president of the United States was getting blown betwixt bombing strikes? This presents a challenge.
Indeed I'm so determined to get to the bottom of this sordid curiosity--if actual curiosity there be--I even took the time to read the Daily Beast's Exclusive: Paula Broadwell’s Emails Revealed. Now that's desperate. But you know what's there? Nothing. Nothing at all. Nothing but an admission from a "source, who was until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community," that the emails contained, well, nothing. "The messages were instead what the source terms 'kind of cat-fight stuff.' More like, 'Who do you think you are? ... You parade around the base ... You need to take it down a notch.' "
This is prurient?
Nonetheless I'm glad I read the story, because it also reveals that mob wives, at least, are orthographically sensitive:
Mafia wives are notably more liable to express their fury physically than, say, military spouses. The wife of one Gambino crime-family boss sent an email concerning her philandering husband that was unquestionably a death threat. She then followed it with an apology.
"I am sorry I misspelled 'arsenic.' "
Now that's a woman of refinement and propriety.