A Random Voyagers! Thought for the day
Let me just defend Agnes a bit here. True as that may be about her, I think one of the reasons Phineas understood this is because he is the male version. Yes, yes, Phineas fell in love with Mabel Hubbard, he told Maria in Cuba that he wanted to settle down one day, but seriously, there's a little thing called his Voyager career that stands in the way until he is absolutely ready and it won't change history like if he had married Mabel. Until then all he can do is...
Chat up: talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions.
So there you have it, Phineas is a Coquette too. Okay, thanks to an astute reader, he's a COQUET. Because Phineas is definitely all male. Either way, it sometimes takes one to know one.