Story of O: A Novel Quotes.

1. "Your jealousy does not deceive you. It is true that you make me healthy and happy and a thousand times more alive. Yet there is nothing I can do to prevent this happiness from turning against you. The stone also sings more loudly when the blood flows free and the body is at rest. 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."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

2. "Would she ever dare tell him that no pleasure, no joy, no figment of her imagination could ever compete with the happiness she felt at the way he used her with such utter freedom, at the notion that he could do anything with her, that there was no limit, no restriction in the manner with which, on her body, he might search for pleasure?"
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

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

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

5. "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

6. "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

7. "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

8. "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

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

10. "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

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