Philosophy in the Boudoir
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"Cruelty is a virtue, not a vice."
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Should the aristocrat of pornographers, the roué who gave us the word 'sadism', really be included among the greats of philosophy? Yes, he damn well should, because, while the philosophers go on about freedom, Sade is about what actually happens if complete personal freedom were actually to exist.
Then there is his proto-psychology; In her 1951 essay, Faut-il Bruler Sade?; (Must We Burn Sade) Simone de Beauvoir identified him as a precursor of Freud; "Not only does Sade ... anticipate what has been called the 'pansexuality' of Freud, but also he makes eroticism the mainspring of human behaviour. In addition, he asserts that sexuality is charged with a significance that goes beyond it. Libido is everywhere, and it is always far more than itself." Then, in his remarkable politics, a sort of semi-anarchy where worship of nature, red in tooth, claw, (and several other body parts), utterly replaces religion and supplies the basis of indomitable laws, he takes the principles of Voltaire (a friend of Sade's father) to its unnatural conclusion.
And there's one more thing; unlike most of the philosophers, Sade did actually practice what he preached, which was why he spent so much of his life in prison.
Sade was born to an aristocratic family in Paris, and educated in, amongst other things, sodomy and corporal punishment at a Jesuit prep school. He was sent into the army, and, returning from the Seven Years' War, married, and began a scandalously libertine existence in which he, sometimes with his wife, abused prostitutes and employees of both sexes. He was first arrested after an incident involving a prostitute, a whip and some communion wafers stuck in a most unusual place. Sentenced to death in 1772, but reprieved, he was imprisoned again in 1777 in the dungeon of Vincennes, and in 1784, after attempting to escape, in the Bastille.
This squashed version reduces the original 67,000 words to about one-tenth. Difficult though it may be to believe, much of the erotic content has been 'toned down' for internet consumption - the original is not for the faint-hearted. Some of Sade's footnotes have been incorporated into the body text.
The picture is a detail from "The Imaginary Portrait of the Marquis de Sade" by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), alongside an illustration from one of his books.
Le Marquis de Sade
Squashed version edited by Glyn Hughes © 2011
Voluptuaries of all ages, of every sex, to you I offer this work. Nourish yourselves upon its principles. They favour your passions, which are naught but the means Nature employs to bring man to the ends she prescribes. For it is only by sacrificing everything to the senses' pleasure that this poor creature called Man may be able to sow a few roses by the thorny path of life.
DIALOGUE THE FIRST
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE, LE CHEVALIER DE MIRVEL
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: You know, my dear brother, I begin to have misgivings about the obscene plans for today. At twenty-six, and resolved to take pleasure only with my own sex, I ought to be better behaved, but my imagination is pricked the more. Tell me about your friend Dolmancé, before he arrives.
LE CHEVALIER: A little over thirty and six, tall, handsome, with a hint of the villain, and most philosophic.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: And his fancies?
LE CHEVALIER: I think you know. He cares only for men.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Oh, my dear! Has he had you?
LE CHEVALIER: We've had our pleasures, but there's no need to belittle those with strange tastes, they are still as Nature meant.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Oh please, a few details!
LE CHEVALIER: They were naught beside the pleasures you offer, my dear.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Ah, what chivalry! Anyway, I intend to bring a virgin to the feast. Eugénie, a little thing of fifteen I met last autumn at the convent, a few lessons will do her good.
LE CHEVALIER: But her parents?
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: No fear! I have seduced her father. I own him! (She kisses her brother and strokes at his prick. The young man retires.)
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE, EUGENIE
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Welcome, my pet!
EUGENIE: Ah, my darling, I thought I should never embrace you, mother was quite against my coming.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Come into my boudoir, there is much to discuss.
In an Elegant Boudoir
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE, EUGENIE DOLMANCE
EUGENIE: (surprised to see M. Dolmancé arrived) God! We are betrayed!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Be at ease, my lovely Eugénie, this is Dolmancé, a most amiable man. Let us not be prudish! (She kisses him indecently.) Imitate me.
EUGENIE: Oh, Most willingly! (they tongue Dolmancé, and each other)
DOLMANCE: Ladies! It seems extraordinarily warm here (They undress, Dolmancé begins to inspect Eugenié's arse)
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: No, Dolmancé! Not yet! Our lessons first!
DOLMANCE: Very well, Madame, I will recline on this couch, and you may begin instructing our student.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: This sceptre - the member - Eugénie, is the agent of love's pleasure. It may settle here (She strokes Eugénie's cunt.), or pursue a more mysterious sanctuary here (she indicates the arsehole.) Upon some agitation it may vent a viscous liquor, plunging the man into the sweetest pleasure of life.
EUGENIE: I wish to see this liquor flow!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: I may liberate it with my hand. Such movements are called frigging.
EUGENIE: And the balls?
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: The testicles, they contain semen which produces the human species within the woman's womb. But a girl ought to concern herself only with fucking. Onto the couch, my sweet.
EUGENIE: Dear God! And all these mirrors, how ingenious!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Examine my own cunt, the temple of Venus. The mound above gains hair at the age when a girl begins her periods. Here, above, is the little tongue-shaped clitoris, and all a woman's sensation. To tickle me there would make me swoon with delight. Try so. Ah, pretty bitch, how well you do it! Now, Eugénie, I will teach you how to drown in joy. Spread your thighs. Dolmancé, suck her arsehole while my tongue licks her cunt. Let's make her swoon. What downy flesh! How you squirm!
EUGENIE: Oh, I'm dying! (She discharges)
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Well, My pet?
EUGENIE: I am exhausted. But pray explain about the womb.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: 'Tis a vessel which encompasses the member, to receive the man's liquor, which alone makes for boys and girls.
EUGENIE: Well I know the meaning of that, for I love my father, but hate my mother with a passion.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: No mother than yours deserves it! Superstitious, pious, scold.
EUGENIE: I begin to love whoredom, but is not virtue opposed to such misconduct?
DOLMANCE: Ah, Eugénie, have done with virtues! Virtue is but a chimera whose worship consists exclusively in rebellion against the temperament. Can Nature recommend what offends her?
EUGENIE: But what of pity as a virtue?
DOLMANCE: What can that be for one with no religion? Come, let us use reason. If man owes his existence only to Nature's irresistible schemes; if this God is simply the ne plus ultra of human reason; this God would be the most detestable of creatures, since it would be God who permits the evils his omnipotence could prevent.
EUGENIE: You mean that God is an illusion?
DOLMANCE: Fruit of the terror and of frailty, Eugénie! God and Nature are one? Absurd! Might the watch be the watchmaker? What does Christianity offer? A Lord who begat by fucking, who perhaps didst detach his member to be carried down by angels to a Jewish whore in a pigsty? For what sublime mission? An obscure childhood, doubtless some very libertine services to the priests of Jerusalem, then fifteen years' wandering, and he says he's the son of God. He writes nothing, for he is ignorant, says little, for he is stupid, and, finally, exhausting the patience of magistrates, the charlatan has himself fixed to a cross while promising rogues that, should they invoke him, he will descend to get himself eaten. The altars of Venus and Mars are changed to those of Jesus and Mary, his drivellings become the basis of a morality, and as this tale is preached to the poor, charity becomes its greatest virtue. Such, Eugénie, is the fable of God and religion.
EUGENIE: But, Dolmancé, what of charity and benevolence?
DOLMANCE: Be not deceived! Benevolence is naught but the vice of pride in the ostentatious almsgiver. Nor imagine, Eugénie, that his action has any excellent consequences- it accustoms the poor to doles which draw down their energy; when he expects charity, he ceases to work and becomes, when they fail, a thief or assassin. Would you have flies in your bed chamber? Then don't spread about sugar to attract them. You wish to have no poor in France? Then destroy, with entire unpity, raze to the ground, those detestable houses where you billet their progeny, wherefrom spews forth into society a swarm of supernumerary beings, like parasitical branches living only at the trunk's expense. Nature has endowed us with a capacity for kindly feelings- let us not squander them on others. Be in no doubt, Eugénie, there is no deed which is really criminal, none which may be really called virtuous.
EUGENIE: But surely there must be some actions so evil that they are known across al the earth as criminal.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: There are none, my love, not even theft, nor incest, nor murder.
EUGENIE: Such opinions may wait, first tell me of libertinage in young girls, and married women.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Eugénie, is there anything more ridiculous than to see a maiden of fifteen or sixteen consumed by tormenting desires until it pleases her parents? Better she be left her own mistress, and if she fall into vice? What of it? Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch, the she-wolf; she must belong to all who claim her. It must be an outrage to Nature to fetter women with the absurd ties of a solitary marriage. Fuck, Eugénie, fuck, my angel- your body is yours alone. Take pleasure in the golden years, that delicious memories may console and amuse your old age.
EUGENIE: What, then, of your own husband.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: On our wedding night he told me of his fancies, and assured me that never would he interfere with mine. Since then we have lived in the most delicious independence. His whim is to have himself sucked, and as I bend over him, to shit in his mouth while he swallows it down!
DOLMANCE: Not at all! Nature made men with as many varieties of taste just as she made different their countenances.
EUGENIE: Let us continue. Tell me how a girl may preserve herself from pregnancy.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: In the stead of her cunt, let her offer her hand, her mouth, her breasts, or her ass. If one pumps at one's friend's member, after a little agitation, the sperm is emitted, while the man kisses, caresses you, and with this liquid wets that part of your body of which he is fondest. He may place the virile member between the tits, so that he might discharge most agreeably for both, towards your face. The pleasure of the mouth is quite delightful, and if you will lie contrawise to your fucker he may place his prick into your mouth and, his head being between your thighs, repay in kind by introducing his tongue into your cunt and over your clitoris. The partners should finger each other's assholes, a measure always necessary to complete voluptuousness. Spirited lovers then swallow the fuck which squirts into their mouths.
DOLMANCE: Eugénie, 'tis a delicious method.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Some women insert sponges into the vagina, others oblige their fuckers to make use of little sacks of Venetian skin, called condoms. But of all the possibilities, that presented by the ass is without any doubt the most delicious. Dolmancé, is an expert!
DOLMANCE: I worship it, but I'll confess a young lad's ass gives me more pleasure than a girl's. For 'tis with men Nature wishes men to practice this singularity. The rake should moisten with his mouth the pretty little hole he is about to perforate, and wet his engine with saliva, or with pomade. Occasionally, the woman suffers, if she is new, or young; but, totally heedless of the pangs which are soon to change into pleasures, the fucker must drive his engine ahead 'till his device's hairs rub the rim of the embuggered party. If 'tis a boy, let him frig his prick, or play upon her clitoris, if 'tis a girl. The titillations will cause a prodigious contraction of the patient's arsehole, to double the delight of the agent. Ah! And 'tis essential the object in use have the most imperious desire to shit, so that the end of the fucker's prick, reaching the turd, may drive deep into it.
EUGENIE: How adorable!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: 'Tis the filthiest and the most forbidden which best rouses the intellect. My brother and I often amused each other during our childhood years.
EUGENIE: Is not incest a crime?
DOLMANCE: Eugénie, a moment of reason- how did the human species perpetuate itself, if not through incest? By what other means could Adam's family and Noah's have been preserved? As love is born of resemblance, can it be more perfect than between brother and sister, father and daughter? One of my friends, not a week ago, deflowered a boy of thirteen, fruit of his commerce with a girl he had by his own mother.
EUGENIE: Oh! My divine teachers, I see full well that there are very few crimes in the world. But grant, you must, that murder is still a crime?
DOLMANCE: Oh, Eugénie, 'tis our pride that elevates murder into a crime. Be frank, Eugénie, have you never wished the death of anyone?
EUGENIE: Oh, I would glad see my mother dead, but alas, I lack the means.
DOLMANCE: It will be shown you, Eugénie, I promise. But, come, my rascal, I can hold off no longer! I am going to insert my prick in your child's ass. Begin by frigging me. (She does so.)
EUGENIE: Oh! You're tearing me!
DOLMANCE: Courage, Eugénie, courage! Only yesterday this prick deflowered a little lad of seven! Do frig her, Madame Saint-Ange, she'll feel the pain less. Ah! I'm in up to the hilt.
EUGENIE: God, I've never known such agony! Yet I feel the pain grows into pleasure. Thrust, Dolmancé!
DOLMANCE: God's holy fuck! Thrice bloody fuck of God!
EUGENIE: I'm coming! Dolmancé!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: How the wench has taken to it!
DOLMANCE: 'Tis only the first encounter that taxes, no sooner has a woman tried the dish than she'll eat no other sauce! Oh heavens! I'm spent!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Now is the time to return to our discussion- upon men's libertine caprices.
DOLMANCE: Of sodomy, assuredly the passive man who has himself buggered takes the greater pleasure, since he enjoys the sensations both before and behind. To play whore and mistress to a manly paramour is voluptuousness indeed!
Take care always to have your clitoris frigged while you are being buggered- no two things harmonize so sweetly. Also, avoid acids before sodomite amusements- they do aggravate haemorrhoids- and wash out the fuck of one man before taking another.
EUGENIE: But if they were in my cunt, should not such purging be a crime?
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Sweet fool! Propagation is not the objective of Nature; she merely tolerates it. If, however, some misfortune might occur, notify me within the first eight weeks, and I'll have it neatly remedied. Dread not infanticide- we are mistress of our womb, and we do no more harm in evacuating unwanted matter there than in evacuating another, by medicines, when we so need.
EUGENIE: But if the child is near the hour of its birth?
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Were it in the world, we should still have the right to destroy it. In all the world there is no prerogative more secure than that of mothers over their children- 'tis founded in reason, consecrated in principle.
DOLMANCE: As to sacrilege against relics, images of saints, the host or the crucifix, it is to the philosopher no more than defaming any pagan statue. Try it, Eugénie, but most of all, labour to speak impiously, especially among those who yet vegetate in superstition's twilight, parade your debauchery, announce your libertinage, get yourself to frig and to be frigged.
As for cruelties, when we wish to be aroused, we wish so by the better of means, and there is no doubt that we are much more keenly affected by pain than by pleasure. But, one may ask, is it charitable to do others ill for the sake of delighting oneself? I answer, my dear Eugénie, cruelty, very far from being a vice, is the first sentiment Nature injects in us all. The infant breaks his toy, bites his nurse's breast, strangles his canary long before he is able to reason. Cruelty is stamped in animals. Cruelty is natural. Education may modify it, but education is as deforming to holy Nature as topiary is to trees.
Nero, Tiberius, Heliogabolus, Charolais, Condé, all slaughtered children to gain an erection. Maréchal de Retz said that his greatest delight was the torture inflicted by his chaplain and himself upon infants of either sex. Seven or eight hundred sacrificed children were found in one of his châteaux. Yet female cruelty is always more active than male by reason of the excessive sensitivity of women's organs. Queen Zingua of Angola killed her lovers when she was done with them. In China, Zoé, the emperor's wife, fucked while watching slaves destroyed. Theodora, Justinian's wife, amused herself seeing eunuchs made. Mesdames Voisin and la Branvilliers poisoned for the simple pleasure of committing crime.
EUGENIE: (frigging herself) Oh Christ! You drive me wild!
DOLMANCE: To the rescue, Madame! Are we going to allow this lovely child to discharge without our aid? Ladies, you might be able to suck me.
EUGENIE: My dear, I take the honour of sucking this noble prick.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Oh, she must swallow! All down! If, through her childishness...
DOLMANCE: ...she were to fail? Then I swear she'd be whipped till her blood flowed. Ah, damn the both of you, I discharge. My fuck's coming! Swallow, Eugénie, loose not one drop!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: She is covered! But, hark! Someone knocks? My imprudent brother!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE, EUGENIE, DOLMANCE, LE CHEVALIER DE MIRVEL
DOLMANCE: Chevalier, would you assist us in educating this pretty girl?
LE CHEVALIER: How can I refuse? (removing his clothing)
EUGENIE: Oh, what a monstrous member! I can scarce get my hand around it!
DOLMANCE: Such engines are alarming for a youngster. But a child should be deflowered only by the vastest engine. Once tasting such, she may be loth to accept one more meagre, but she may always use lesser sorts in her ass.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Or let her employ several at once- pricks in her mouth, under her armpits some in her hair, she might have thirty around her.
EUGENIE: (being frigged by Madame) Oh, my sweet! I could give myself to an army of men!
LE CHEVALIER: Such divine breasts! What soft thighs! Christ!
DOLMANCE: Fuck your sister, friend! Give me you arse to fuck the while, and Eugénie, armed with this India rubber dildo, will bugger me.
EUGENIE: Libertinage is now my god!
DOLMANCE: In truth, she buggers like a man! Christ, I perish! What a matchless girl!
EUGENIE: Such pleasure!
LE CHEVALIER: Indeed! But I really love only the altar Nature has intended.
DOLMANCE: And that, to be sure, is the ass! Had nature not intended that we fuck assholes, would she have made this aperture circular, like this instrument? How might anyone imagine that an oval hole could have been created for cylindrical pricks! Now, what of that handsome young gardener of yours?
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: That is Augustin, whose member measures fourteen inches in length.
DOLMANCE: Great heaven!
DOLMANCE, LE CHEVALIER, AUGUSTIN, EUGENIE, MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: (presenting Augustin) Would you believe it, I have been trying to civilise this ignorant pig!
DOLMANCE: (Exhibiting Eugénie.) Augustin, here's a bed of flowers, would you like to dig it over?
AUGUSTIN: Oh, jeez! (Showing his rising prick.)
EUGENIE: (Frigging it) How it enlarges!
DOLMANCE: (measuring) Quite fourteen inches! And you, Madame, you employ it?
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Whenever I am in the country, and in the ass more often than in the cunt.
DOLMANCE: Look sharp, Eugénie, take action! Let your fingers dig his arsehole.
AUGUSTIN: More, and harder, Miss! Ah, God almighty!
DOLMANCE: Vigour, Eugénie! By God's fuck! He shot ten feet, the room's awash!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Let's have her witness the effects of such a prick in the ass.
DOLMANCE: Eugénie- in libertinage, nothing is frightful, because everything is inspired by nature, even the most extraordinary, the most bizarre. Without destruction, nothing could be born, so destruction, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates. It cannot be that nature intends the spermatic fluid only for reproduction, else she would not permit its spillage. Why, taken all together, thus has a woman no more than seven years capable of conceiving? In any case, what would it matter to Nature if the race of man were extinguished? Nothing! Do you fancy races have not already become extinct? The entire species might be wiped out and the air would still be as pure, the stars just so brilliant and the unfolding of the universe be just as exact.
There is no corner of the earth where sodomy has not had shrines. The Greeks praised it, the Roman eagle spread it across the earth, it led art in Italy. Cook cast anchor in a new world and found sodomy reigning. Had our balloons reached the moon, it would be found there too. O my friends, can a man be a monster because he prefers asshole to cunt? Men blessed with this predilection are fairer, softer, subtler. Dear Eugénie, 'tis the delight of philosophers and heroes!
EUGENIE: (much moved) Oh, let me be buggered!
DOLMANCE: Forgive me, beautiful Eugénie, not by me, you are a woman, and we buggers have very strict principles. But, first, you must allow me to flog you, to gain the proper humour. (He beats her.)
EUGENIE: My God, how you're hurting me! You monster!
DOLMANCE: Indeed I am. Chevalier, sodomize her.
LE CHEVALIER: Hold her down!
EUGENIE: Oh heavens! Yours is thicker than Dolmancé's. Chevalier, you are tearing me apart! Go softly, I beg!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: How the tramp quivers and wriggles!
EUGENIE: Is it my fault? I am dying from pleasure!
LE CHEVALIER: My fuck runs into lovely Eugénie's ass. Oh sacred name of the fucking Almighty! What pleasure!
DOLMANCE: Well, little angel, have you given over believing sodomy a crime?
EUGENIE: Have you not shown the meaninglessness of crime?
DOLMANCE: Quite so, to show that causing harm is a crime one must demonstrate that the injured party is more precious to Nature than the person who performs the injury. As all individuals are equal before her, Nature is quite indifferent.
EUGENIE: But surely a great harm which brought little pleasure would still be a frightful thing?
DOLMANCE: No! There is no possible comparison between what others experience and what we sense, so agony in others must be nothing to us. The source of all our moral error lies in the ridiculous concept of brotherhood the Christians invented in the time of their ill-fortune. Constrained to beg pity from others, 'twas not unclever to claim that all men are brothers, but its rational acceptance is impossible- are we not all born solitary, isolated? Are we not come into the world all enemies, all in a state of perpetual and reciprocal warfare?
EUGENIE: Yet, you will at least grant ties of love, of friendship, of gratitude.
DOLMANCE: Consider, such affinities grow from the terror of parents who fear to be abandoned in old age. But we owe our parents nothing, they have laboured only for themselves. Let us rid ourselves of them if we wish, or keep such tenderness as they deserve only in the degree to which we love our other friends.
As to ties of love, may you never know them! What are they founded on? desire. What are the consequences? madness. O voluptuous young women, fuck, divert yourselves, but oppose yourselves resolutely to enslavement by any one single person. Women are not made for one single man; 'tis for men at large Nature created them. Listening only to this sacred voice, let them surrender themselves, indifferently, to all who want them- always whores, never mistresses, eschewing love and worshipping pleasure it will be roses only.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Well Dolmancé describes the impulses of my heart, and that of every woman.
EUGENIE: You thrill me! But if all the errors you speak of are in Nature, why do our laws oppose them?
DOLMANCE: Good for society, our laws are very bad for the individuals whereof it is composed; for, if they one time protect the individual, they hinder, trouble, fetter him for three quarters of his life; and so the wise man, the man full of contempt for them, will be wary of them, as he is of reptiles and vipers which, although they wound or kill, are nevertheless sometimes useful to medicine. Should the fancy to execute a few crimes, inflame your spirit, Eugénie, be very certain you may commit them peacefully in the company of your friend and me.
EUGENIE: Ah, the fancy is already in my heart! I want a victim of my own sex.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: And what would you do with her?
EUGENIE: Everything! everything! And afterward will I have what I request?
DOLMANCE: Yes, mad creature! yes, we assure you, you shall!
EUGENIE: But are not some manners necessary in a governed society?
DOLMANCE: Why, by God, I have something here with me. I bought, outside the Palace of Equality, a little pamphlet, which ought surely to answer your question.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Chevalier, you possess a fine organ, read it to us.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Oh, my friend, fuck us, but let us have no sermons
EUGENIE: Tell me Dolmancé how you view the object that serves your pleasures?
DOLMANCE: Provided I am happy, the rest is absolutely all the same to me.
EUGENIE: Why, it is even preferable to have the object experience pain, is it not?
DOLMANCE: To be sure. There is not a living man who does not wish to play the despot when he is stiff. Goddamn! I've an erection! Get Augustin to come back here! (he reappears.) Now, mesdames, I am ask your permission to spend a few moments in a nearby room with this young man, there are certain things which require to be veiled.
EUGENIE: Ah, by God, tell us what you'd be about!
DOLMANCE: You wish to know? (He whispers to the two women.)
EUGENIE: (with a look of revulsion) 'Tis hideous. Do you want me to accompany you? I might frig you while you amuse yourself.
DOLMANCE: No, no, a woman would only disturb us. (He goes out with Augustin)
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE, EUGENIE, LE CHEVALIER
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: I hear a knock. Go see what it is, Chevalier, if you will be so kind.
LE CHEVALIER: A letter.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Ah ha! 'Tis your father, Eugénie! (She reads.) 'My unbearable wife is leaving immediately, to bring Eugénie home. I request you to punish her impertinence with exceeding rigour; do not, I beg of you, return Eugénie to me until she is instructed.'
EUGENIE: The slut! Ha! since Papa gives us a free hand, we must, by God, receive the creature in the manner she deserves.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Eugénie, my heart, you desired a victim, and behold!
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE, EUGENIE, LE CHEVALIER, AUGUSTIN, DOLMANCE, MADAME DE MISTIVAL
MADAME DE MISTIVAL: Eugénie! Follow me.
EUGENIE: I beg your pardon, Madame, I cannot.
MADAME DE MISTIVAL: What! My daughter resists me, what of my rights!
DOLMANCE: And what, if you please, are these rights, Madame? Eugénie owes you nothing. You have told her that it is sinful to fuck, whereas to fuck is life's most delicious act; you have wished to give her good manners, as if a young girl's happiness were not inseparable from debauchery and immorality.
EUGENIE, (still half-naked) Here you are, dear Mamma, I bring you my buttocks. kiss them, my sweet, suck them, 'tis all Eugenie can do for you.
MADAME DE MISTIVAL, Monster! I disown you!
DOLMANCE: Softly, Madame, softly; have the kindness to undress yourself.
MADAME DE MISTIVAL: Undress myself!
DOLMANCE: Augustin, act as this lady's maid-in-waiting. (Augustin goes brutally to work)
DOLMANCE: By God, I don't believe I've ever seen a body more mistreated than this. Yet I believe I espy a very fine ass here. (He kisses and fondles it.)
MADAME DE MISTIVAL: Leave me alone, else I'll cry for help!
DOLMANCE: (beginning the embuggery of the mother) Mesdames, you, Saint-Ange, and you, Eugénie, have the goodness to arm yourselves with artificial pricks in order to deal this respectable lady in the cunt, and in the ass. Augustin, dear boy, console me by buggering me.
EUGENIE: Come, dear lovely Mamma, come, let me serve you as a husband. (She squeezes, twists, wrenches her mother's breasts.) Ah, fuck, Dolmancé. (As she discharges, Eugénie showers jarring blows upon her mother's body.)
MADAME DE MISTIVAL: (losing consciousness) Have pity upon me!
LE CHEVALIER: Indeed, Dolmancé, this outrages the sacred laws of humanity.
DOLMANCE: I've told you a thousand times that humaneness is nothing but weakness born of fear and egoism. I have, waiting outside, a valet, furnished with a splendid member; however, it distills disease, for 'tis eaten by one of the most impressive cases of syphilis I have anywhere encountered; he'll inject his poison into each of the two natural conduits that ornament this amiable lady, (Everyone applauds; the valet is called in) Lapierre, fuck this woman. (Lapierre fucks Madame de Mistival's cunt and ass) Capital! Here are five louis.
MADAME DE SAINT-ANGE: Now we must provide against the escape of the poison. Eugénie must sew your cunt and ass so that the virulent humour will more promptly cinder your bones.
EUGENIE: Excellent idea! Quickly, quickly, fetch me needle and thread! Spread your thighs, Mamma! (Madame de Saint-Ange gives Eugénie a large needle; Eugénie sews.)
LE CHEVALIER: The little whore wants to bleed her to death!
DOLMANCE: (causing himself to be frigged by Madame de Saint-Ange, as he witnesses the operation) Ah, by God! how this extravagance stiffens me!
EUGENIE: Chevalier, frig me while I work. Look, see how my needle wanders to her thighs, her tits. Oh, fuck! What pleasure!
MADAME DE MISTIVAL: You are tearing me to pieces, vile creature! Oh, how I blush that it was I who gave you life!
EUGENIE: Quiet mother dear! It is finished.
DOLMANCE: Whore! Clothe yourself and leave. It was your own husband who authorised all this. Take note that your daughter is old enough to do as she pleases, and what she likes is to fuck.
Now, good friends, let us to dinner, and to sleep. I never dine so heartily, nor sleep so soundly as after a good day spent upon what fools call crimes.
Le Marquis de Sade
Sade asked to be buried in an unmarked grave, so that "my memory will disappear from the minds of men."
His skull was later removed- a cast of it is in the Musée de l'homme in Paris
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