Pauline Réage Quotes.

11. "Her freedom was worse than any chains."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

12. "He whom one awaits is, because he is expected, already present, already master."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

13. "She was apt at hunting, a naturally trained bird of prey who would beat the game and always bring it back to the hunter. And speaking of the devil … It"
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

14. "She felt as though she were a statue of ashes—bitter, useless, damned—like the salt statues of Gomorrah. For she was guilty. Those who love God, and by Him are abandoned in the dark of night, are guilty, because they are abandoned."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

15. "She was waiting for more than permission, since she already had permission. She was waiting for an order."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

16. "Keep me rather in this cage, and feed me sparingly, if you dare. Anything that brings me closer to illness and the edge of death makes me more faithful. It is only when you make me suffer that I feel safe and secure. You should never have agreed to be a god for me if you were afraid to assume the duties of a god, and we all know that they are not as tender as all that. You have already seen me cry. Now you must learn to relish my tears."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

17. "Whatever he wanted of her she wanted too, solely because he was asking it of her."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

18. "The chains and the silence, which should have bound her deep within herself, which should have smothered her, strangled her, on the contrary freed her from herself."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

19. "To say that O began to await her lover the minute he left her is a vast understatement: she was henceforth nothing but vigil and night."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

20. "She could not help thinking that the expression open oneself to someone, which meant to give oneself, for her had only one meaning, a literal, physical, and in fact absolute meaning, for she was in fact opening every part of her body which was capable of being opened. It also seemed to her that this was her raison d’être"
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

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