You gonna get that,
Then I need the money.
Lady Gaga, lyrics from “Kaboom”
Figaro loves a Lady, even a lady who personifies a foul-mouthed hooker. While we exercise a very broad definition of “lady” (and don’t even think there’s a pun in that), we’re especially enamored of ladies who use Aristotelian logic.
Lady Gaga does in her hit song what the philosopher did in his Rhetoric: both reduce the logical syllogism to the more succinct enthymeme. The device takes a commonplace—a belief, value, attitude, or (in this case) desire—and uses it as a first step in convincing the audience.
You desire my, uh, that.
Successful acquisition of that requires a quid pro quo.
Therefore, you must fulfill my need for money.
Gaga Enthymeme (English translation):
You intend to acquire that.
So you must pay money for that.
Aristotle understood that the middle line of a syllogism is painfully obvious, and therefore worth eliminating.
Similarly, Lady Gaga’s That needs no explicit antecedant. And Figaro is happy to avoid it.
Snappy Answer: I’ll see your That and raise you a This.