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Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696895

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696895.001.0001

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Don Juan’s Finest Conquest

Don Juan’s Finest Conquest

The devil’s favorite delicacy is innocence.1

(p.53) Don Juan’s Finest Conquest

Jules Barbey D’aurevilly

University of Minnesota Press

This is a story within a story. In this short story an aristocratic dandy speaks to a prudish older woman, telling her the story that a famous seducer, a Don Juan figure called the Comte Ravila de Ravilès, told him. This story was originally delivered to an audience of a dozen women he had previously seduced. The “conquest” in this tale turns out to be more psychological than physical, and perhaps is all the more shocking and disturbing for that. This story is about ten thousand words in length and has five parts.

Keywords:   aristocratic dandy, prudish older woman, seducer, women, conquest, psychological, physical, disturbing

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