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Why aren’t mistresses a secret any more?

When did mistresses forget the art of secrecy?

9 July 2022

9:00 AM

9 July 2022

9:00 AM

I was shocked at a party recently when a woman I hardly know announced to me and another guest that she was the ‘mistress’ of a certain man in the room.

I discussed it with my American friend in a local Italian afterwards. Holly took a robust view. ‘Since when does a mistress reveal herself publicly?’ she said, adding that the lover (married, we’d heard, to a third wife, not present that evening) should ‘kick the mistress to the kerb for not playing the role she signed up for’.

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