Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mme. de La Pommeraye

Diderot's defense of her psychopathic vengeance, about the middle of the book, presupposes both that adultery in her husband's favor would be accounted a good thing by the general reader and by the CMW and that, at any rate for a young virgin, getting laid is a huuuuge sacrifice.

Neither is true, today, I think.

And in 1796?

I think not.

And, of course, that psychopathic people and behavior are extreme but on the spectrum of normal.

Come to that, it includes a defense of her specific psychopathy.

Oxford World Classics, 2008, p 136 and thereabouts.

Early feminism.

Reading Jacques the Fatalist.

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