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Thus the remarriage of Pudentilla again conforms to standard "Roman" models of family behaviour -- most noticeably in the way the men's negotiations focussed on the conventional criteria of the bride's wealth, her sexual status, her appearance, and her age -- and even the way Apuleius characterized his marriage in court as a union based on concordia and mutuus amor (not romantic love), intended in the first instance for the procreation of heirs, consists perfectly with conventional Roman marital ideology.
Adopting the traditional definition of the letter as a conversation between separated friends, "absentium amicorum quasi mutuus sermo," Erasmus explains that the appropriate language is one characterized by simplicity and candor, charm and finesse.