What’s urgent, is that

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 “What's urgent, is that
a certain dignity is maintained,
if you will, a degree
of taste, amidst this decline
of quality."
 
  "The fall
of romance, really."
"Nothing less," she agreed
sipping sherry
 
(The black-tie bartender smiled, having secretly spit in her glass.)
 
"I feel
it," she said, "as if
it were a gravity on
the truly creative
of the world."
 
"The difference,"
he said, "is in the choice
between the tawdry
and the elegant and that's
what separate the classes
and, of course, Money."
 
"Yes, money," she said.
 
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