Published in French by Jean-Jacques Pauvert, Story of O is a tale of female submission about a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, O, who is blindfolded, chained, whipped, branded, pierced, and taught to be constantly available for oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse. Despite her harsh treatment, O grants permission beforehand for everything that occurs, and her permission is consistently sought...
"Her lover one-day takes O for a walk, but this time in a part of the city - the Parc Montsouris, the Parc Monceau - where they've never been together before. After they've strolled awhile along the paths, after they've sat down side by side on a bench near the grass, and got up again, and moved on towards the edge of the park, there, where two streets meet, where there never used to be any taxi-stand, they see a car, at that corner. It looks like a taxi, for it does have a meter. 'Get in,' he says; she gets in..."
Above: " Parc Montsouris, Chestnut Tree” by Petr Konchalovsky (1876-1956)
Parc Monceau, Paris, France
'The story opens as René takes O to Roissy, a place where she is bound, gagged, whipped, and made accustomed to being sexually available 24 hours a day to any advance made by a number of men. Here she is kept in a dungeon, and on her discharge receives an iron ring marked with a special sigil. This ring is a token to all who know, indicating that O will always be naked under her dress and immediately available...'
Although in the novel O is taken to a "small mansion" on a "fine avenue"... "nestled away between courtyard and garden" - the way "the Faubourg Saint-German mansions are...", Chateau d'O near Mortree in Lower Normandy, a wonderful Renaissance style chateau surrounded by water, is perhaps more in keeping with the Sadean flavor of the corridors of "Roissy". - Little wonder it features in the Guido Crepax illustrated version of Story of O.
Above: Italian comix wizard Guido Crepax imagines 'Roissy'
At the beginning of the story, O's lover, René, brings her to a "petit hotel" in the vicinity of Roissy, where she is trained to serve the men of an elite group. These days much of Roissy lies beneath the concrete and tarmac of the Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), in the Paris area, is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's main airport. The village of Roissy lies quietly at its edge.
'Roissy' imagined by photographer Doris Klosteroster
"When you come back from Samois your true condition will speak for itself..."
In the third chapter of her story O is taken to Samois on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau.
Fourth & final chapter:"They found themselves in a little cloister with Renaissance arcades..."'To whom does she belong?'
'To you, if you like...'
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