"Doesn't everyone wish he could
fence? . . . It is violence refined into beauty; it has associations with love, honor and suicidal pride. We think of
great fencers - unlike great footballers or great junk-bond salesmen - as superior beings; air and fire, rather than earth
and water. We think of Cyrano, Zorro and the Three Musketeers."
- James Traub, GQ, 1994