Gilgamesh responds to Ishtar’s advances in the following lines:
“Your price is too high, such riches are far beyond my means. Tell me, how could I ever repay you, even if I gave you jewels, perfumes, rich robes? And what will happen to me when your heart turns elsewhere and your lust burns out?” (Mitchell 132).
The transactional nature of sex in the epic has shifted: Before this, Gilgamesh rapes whoever he wants with no thought to "barter;" here, however, he finally has to treat sex as something he needs to (re)pay.