'I think she was drunk when she met him. Of course, that's no excuse.'
'If anything, its all the more shocking!'
'Well, apparently he was very charming, despite the obvious...' She searched for an appropriate phrase, one that would leave the liberal, politically-correct image she had constructed for herself intact. '...physical abnormality.'
The three women pursed their lips and drank their tea.
'You should she the claw-marks on her back! So vulgar.'
'But really! A Bengal Tiger? Where did she meet him?'
'The theatre, so she says. He asked her to dinner, made impeccable conversation and walked her to her car. He even mauled the traffic warden who was gave her a parking ticket. He's a real gentleman.'
'He's taking her to Goa this weekend, to meet his parents.'
The three women sighed and drank their tea.