Everything is Simple

[A woman] can be neither as cheerfully sensual nor as spiritually free as a man. Her love is always a blend of sensuality and spiritual attachment. Her heart longs to captivate the man permanently, while she herself is prey to change. And so, usually against her will, a dichotomy, a pack of lies and deception comes into her conduct, into her being, and corrupts her character.

—Wanda von Dunajew, Venus in Furs

With her milk I sucked in the love of the Russian people, of my province, of my homeland. … Through my nurse Russian became the first language that I commanded, though in my parents’ house Polish, German, and French were primarily spoken. And it was she who told me the wondrously beautiful Russian fairy tales, or sang, while rocking me, those Little Russian folk songs that stamped themselves upon my existence, my emotional world, and also all my later works.

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895)

"Sacher-Masoch’s identity as a Slavic Ruthenian came not only from supposed descent, but also from an intense connection to the Galician village girl who became his wet nurse in his infancy."
—Larry Wolff, Introduction to Venus in Furs