If only he had the gallantry and ardor of the Tarleton boys or even the coarse impudence of Rhett Butler.
And the rigors of prison didn’t dim his ardor for you?
CHAPTER XXXVI She married Frank Kennedy two weeks later after a whirlwind courtship which she blushingly told him left her too breathless to oppose his ardor any longer.
She looked at Frank so steadily, her eyes narrowing, that he became somewhat alarmed and she dropped her gaze swiftly, remembering Rhett’s words: "I’ve seen eyes like yours above a dueling pistol…… They evoke no ardor in the male breast."
It’s not just because I’ve—what is the phrase?—’swept you off your feet’ by my—er—ardor?