“What to the mind is shameful is beauty and nothing else to the heart. Is there [pg 115] beauty in Sodom? Believe me, that for the immense mass of mankind beauty is found in Sodom. Did you know that secret? The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.
But a man always talks of his own ache. Listen, now to come to facts.»
CHAPTER IV. The Confession Of A Passionate Heart—In Anecdote
«I was leading a wild life then. Father said just now that I spent several thousand roubles in seducing young girls.”