She sang, of course, "M'ama!" and not "he loves me," since an unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
Note: Clever. Beware of conventions; push the boundaries.
He hated to think of May Welland's being exposed to the influence of a young woman so careless of the dictates of Taste.
Note: Note that Taste is capitalized.
"Women ought to be freeā€”as free as we are," he declared, making a discovery of which he was too irritated to measure the terrific consequences.
Note: The accidental liberal.
What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a "decent" fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal?
Note: Subtle irony to emphasize the futility of being a slave to the dictates of social mores.