Friday, February 19, 2016

Nymphets Banned on Reddit





We often re-post links to Reddit (reddit.com/r/nymphets) from this blog; however, in a classic case of "kill the messenger", we've been banned.

Absolutely everything on The Allure of Nymphets is from the mainstream media and the arts.

And for Reddit to ban a mainstream blog has to be one of highest forms of hypocrisy. We admit that The Allure of Nymphets is controversial, but a number of the communities on Reddit are explicitly pornographic. And that's an understatement. 

Mustang (2015) is nominated for an Oscar, Bunin's Dark Avenues is the most read book of short stories in Russia, and Shakespeare's Othello is about a bi-racial age-discrepant relationship, but they're too bad for Reddit. While almost every hardcore sexual fetish under the sun is good for Reddit. Go figure...

MUSTANG (2015): The Eroticizing of Turkish Nymphets



Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Mustang's (2015) co-writer and director, stated in a Huffington Post interview, “For me, it’s very important to look at the world through the eyes of girls. In cinema history we have always been looking at the world through the eyes of men,” Ergüven  said. “For some men, if they don’t have sisters, they really can see women as objects.”

But that is exactly what Ergüven did in Mustang. She objectified the nymphets. Mustang reminded me of Sinclair's Hollywood Lolita and Kincaid's Erotic Innocence and Child Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture. Those books, like The Allure of Nymphets, analyze the eroticizing of nymphets in the arts and that is what, in part, Ergüven has clearly done.

For example, Lale, the youngest sister, who was played by thirteen-year-old Günes Sensoy, has her white cotton panties exposed while she frolics with her sisters. Later in the film Lale stuffs her satin and lace bra before she seductively parades her enhanced cleavage around the apartment. 



Just like the nymphet in La Niña Santa (2004), who had teen anal sex with her cousin to preserve her virginity, one of the girl's in Mustang informs her sister that she has anal sex with her boyfriend to preserve her virginity. 

In addition to the raunchy teen behavior, the film briefly explores the dark side of ephebophilia as the middle-aged uncle has sex with two of his young nieces late into the night. 

We weren't surprise to learn in the Huffington Post piece that Ergüven had the nymphets watch Lolita to prepare for their "sexually explorative" roles, that James Franco opined in his Indiewire review that the Turkish film was "the best film of the year" and that, due to the allure of nymphets, the film has won and has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards including an Academy Award nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film. (See Fig. 1.)

The plot summary on IMDB states "When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged." But the marriages weren't "forced", they were arraigned. Furthermore, the first orphan to be marriage was very happy to be marriage to the boy that she had been having anal sex with. It wasn't that the other sisters didn't want to get married, they just didn't like the men that were arraigned for them.


Fig 1. Mustang's Awards and Nominations
Award / Film FestivalCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
Academy Awards[18]Best Foreign Language FilmPending
Austin Film Critics Association[19]Best Foreign-Language FilmNominated
Best First FilmNominated
Belgian Film Critics Association[20]Grand PrixNominated
Cannes Film Festival[8]Europa Cinemas LabelWon
Caméra d'OrDeniz Gamze ErgüvenNominated
Queer PalmNominated
César Awards[21]Best FilmPending
Best DirectorDeniz Gamze ErgüvenPending
Best Original ScreenplayDeniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice WinocourPending
Best First Feature FilmPending
Best CinematographyDavid Chizallet and Ersin GökPending
Best EditingMathilde Van de MoortelPending
Best SoundIbrahim Gök, Damien Guillaume and Olivier GoinardPending
Best Original MusicWarren EllisPending
Best Costume DesignSelin SözenPending
Critics' Choice Awards[22]Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association[23]Best Foreign Language Film4th place
European Film Awards[24]European FilmNominated
European Discovery of the YearWon
Florida Film Critics Circle[25]Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Golden Globe Awards[26]Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Goya Awards[27][28]Best European FilmWon
Independent Spirit Awards[29]Best International FilmPending
Louis Delluc Prize[30]Best First FilmNominated
Lumières Awards[31]Best FilmWon
Most Promising ActressGüneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit Işcan,
Tuğba Sunguroğlu and Ilayda Akdoğan
Won
Best First FilmWon
Best ScreenplayDeniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice WinocourNominated
Best CinematographyDavid ChizalletWon
Best MusicWarren EllisNominated
LUX Prize[32]Won
Online Film Critics Society[33]Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Satellite Awards[34]Best Foreign Language FilmPending
Stockholm International Film Festival[35]Best ScriptDeniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice WinocourWon
Trophées du Film français[36]Duo révélation cinémaDeniz Gamze Ergüven and Charles GillibertWon
Odessa International Film Festival[37]Grand Prix - Golden DukeWon
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association[38]Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

From the Bunnie's Mouths: How Hefner Procured Young Women







We wrote a review of Steele's How to Marry Nymphets for Men Over 35, but it may be worth analyzing how Hugh Hefner procured young girls over the years.

Izabella St. James wrote in Bunny Tales Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion that she first saw the seventy-four-year-old Hugh Hefner when she was in her early twenties at the Sunset Room in Hollywood and was “…intrigued by Hef and attracted to him…” While Hef was surrounded by a bevy of beautiful young women, Izabella went to say hello. Consequently, Dr. Mark “Doc” Saginor, Hef’s physician and friend, invited Izabella to sit in Hef’s booth. 


Hef and Izabella St. James
Izabella said that Hef was very polite, very sweet, had a warm smile, made her feel welcomed and relaxed. After drinks, Doc asked Izabella for her phone number and invited her to a “Fun in the Sun” party at the Playboy Mansion that was subsequently followed up by invitations to other parties at the Mansion.

Approximately, a year after Izabella returned from studying abroad in Poland, she ran into Hef on Wednesday at Las Palmas and Friday of the same week at Barfly. After she went over to say hello, Hef invited her to join him and his entourage the following Friday which turned out to be a recruitment session. 

At the club the following Friday, a number of Hef’s girlfriends told Izabella “…how much fun they were having, how much money they made, and what a great opportunity it was to live at the Mansion.” Furthermore, they told Izabella that Hef was “interested” in her and that she should consider being one of his girlfriends. However, when Izabella was told about “the bedroom” she wrote I “…went home as fast as I could.” (We'll elaborate on “the bedroom” below but for now, "the bedroom" is where, after taking a Viagra pill and lathering in baby oil, the girls take turns “riding” Hef after he has been serviced orally.)

Hef was persistent and invited Izabella out on several more occasions. She accepted his invitations, and that was when she began to be “…seduced by the Playboy lifestyle. The private jet, the parties, the limos, the Grammys, and the carefree lifestyle…”  Eventually, Izabella and Hef had a bitter breakup which may explain why Hef changed his seduction approach with Kendra Wilkinson.


Hef and Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra Wilkinson wrote in her memoir, Sliding into Home, that after she posted her photograph on One Model Place, the initial call she received from Playboy was to ask her if she wanted to be a “painted girl” (i.e., nude waitress) at Hef’s seventy-eighth birthday party. She received another call two days later informing her that Mr. Hefner saw a photo of her and wanted to call her personally. And what did the almost eighty-year-old Hef say when he called the eighteen-year-old Kendra the next day, “I look forward to seeing you at my birthday…Also, I’d like you to consider being my girlfriend.” 

After meeting Hef for the first time Kendra wrote “He was very charming; he had a powerful way about him, and I liked it…he was just so cool. The way he acted and the things he said were unlike anything I had seen or heard.” 

If you are having trouble wrapping your fingers around exactly what charisma means, Olivia Fox Cabane explained it well in The Charisma Myth. She divided charisma into three main categories: 

Presence charisma – you should be in The Now and avoid constantly thinking and/or worrying about the past or the future. Specifically, when speaking to a nymphet, you should give her your undivided attention. 

Power charisma – you should have power over yourself and self-control (e.g., You have the discipline to work on your novel every day for an hour no matter what happens.), which will organically equate to having power over young women. 

Warmth Charisma – inwardly you should have a high self-esteem, self-confidence and self-compassion. Outwardly, you are altruistic (e.g., Like Hef, you believe that you are the best thing that could happen to a young woman and you want to give her the opportunity to be happy.).

In addition, Kendra loved the fact that, despite the bevy of beauties that was surrounding Hef, he kept looking at her and they kept staring at each other. At the end of the night, Hef gave her a key, asked her to spend the night, and inquired, “Will you be my girlfriend?” 
What was Kendra’s response? “There was only one thing I could say: ‘Umm, okay.’”

Why did Kendra say yes so quickly? Well, she said that their age difference was not a factor, nor was the fact that Hef already had, not one girlfriend, but “ten times more girlfriends than most”, but it was a factor that he boosted her self-esteem, he was “a true gentleman” and he was trustworthy. 

One may assume that most of Kendra’s reasons are counter-intuitive. Are you not surprised that the eighteen-year-old Kendra considered the seventy-eight-year-old Hef to be “a true gentleman” even after he asked her to “spend the night” and asked her to be one of his concubines - on the first night that they met. Well, it turns out that there are at least nine different ways for men to approach women. 

Here’s a list with examples:

Direct - “You’re beautiful!”

Indirect - “Can I get your opinion on something?”

Guerrilla - “I want to make love to you. Immediately!”

Inebriate - “Here, have another drink.”

Trite - “Is that a mirror in your pocket, because I can see myself in your pants.”

Open - “I’m the prize. Ravishing women will desire and approach me.” 

Arranged/Inner-Circle - “But your cousin’s a cardiology intern and lives in the Village - with no roommate!”

Wine and Dine – “I have a huge loft in SoHo, so I usually take car service and park my black Porsche in the garage on Prince Street.”

As you can see, Hef choose the Wine and Dine approach with Izabella and a combination of the Direct and Guerilla approaches with Kendra. Guerilla in the sense that he asked her to “stay the night” on the first night that they met and Direct in the sense that he asked her to be his girlfriend after only a casual conversation. 


Hef and Holly Madison

Holly Madison provides another view of Hugh Hefner in her best-selling book Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. She wrote that when she met Hefner he “He had the “nice guy” act down pat and it worked [...] he had a certain swagger. There was a gentlemanly air about him...” But that to reduce the high turnover rate of girlfriends, Hefner starting keeping his girlfriends “broken and needy”. 

Madison wrote “I found myself constantly trying to compete with the other girlfriends who were all caught up in who was prettiest.”  And she opined that “It was in his best interest to have us wallowing in our own insecurities and pawing for his acceptance. Girlfriends that didn’t get along gave him the feeling of being fought over—and being fought over made him feel desire...”  And how did the girls try to gain Hefner’s acceptance? Madison wrote “When he would complement a girl on a particular dress, pair of shoes, or even the way she wore her hair, we all felt the need to replicate if for our next evening out.” 

Allegedly, Hef particularly like to pit the old(er) Bunnies against the young(er) Bunnies. Madison was advised by an old(er) Bunny, “He always plays the oldest one against the youngest one,” Vicky explained, eager to share her expertise on the topic as we gossiped about the situation. “Tina may be his main girlfriend, but she’s older, so he likes to play on her insecurities by playing favorites with whoever the youngest one is.” Consequently, Madison shared that she started wearing clip-in extensions to give her “the long hair Hef preferred.”

Furthermore, Madison wrote that Hef “was obsessed with women looking as young as humanly possible.” Madison even shared that “Kendra confessed: “I’m very insecure right now about my face. I get scared with Hef looking at me at the mansion and maybe thinking I’m ugly.” 

According to Madison, Kendra “had already hooked up with Hef” prior to him asking her to be his girlfriend.” She elaborated “In Kendra’s book Sliding into Home, she describes Hef asking her to be a girlfriend and handing her a house key before he invited her up to the bedroom. Now, I don’t know if Kendra is trying to sound extra-desirable, innocent, or if her memory is just super rusty, but of course that’s not how it really went down. Hef isn’t stupid. He never asked anyone to become a girlfriend before they joined him in bed. And he never made a habit of carrying around extra sets of room keys. 

Here's Madison’s description of "The bedroom":

As Tina led me into the bedroom, I stumbled over and weaved through massive piles of junk covering the floor. It appeared that Hef liked to collect more than just women. Ceiling-high piles of videotapes, stuffed animals, art, and gifts littered the room. It was like an episode of Hoarders. But perhaps in his case it would be more appropriately titled Whore-ders. Two huge television screens projecting graphic porn lit up the otherwise dark bedroom. In the middle, a very pale man was tending to his own business (if you’re catching my thinly veiled innuendo) and puffing on a joint before passing it around to the nearest blonde. 

The girlfriends, in various stages of undress, were sitting in a semicircle at the edge of the bed—some kneeling, some standing, and some lying down. I sat myself on the edge of the bed—unsure of what to do next…My eyes had adjusted to the darkness and I could see that all the girls, backlit by the large screens, were putting on a show: …they were getting it on or making out with each other… The girlfriends, and Vicky, it seemed to me in particular, were desperate to bring as many new girls up into the bedroom as possible…. “Heeeef . . . don’t you want to be with the new girl?” 

Vicky screamed over the loud music as she reached over and pushed him towards me. Much to my surprise, my turn was over just as quickly as it started. By the time I was able to wrap my head around what was happening, Hef had already moved on to Candice, then to a few of his actual girlfriends before finishing off by himself, as he always did…Some of the girls leaned over and quickly picked Hef on the cheek…The girls began filing out of the room, offering Hef a few candy-coated “good nights.” 

Quickly, I pulled on my pajamas and followed Vickey down the hall and into her bedroom…Vickey ordered cheeseburgers and fries to the room as if it were any other night, but I passed out the food even arrived.” Yet, despite the fact that it did not appear necessary, Madison claimed that “Hef was a notoriously lecherous 70-something old man offering me Quaaludes that he referred to as “thigh openers.””


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Madison went on to write that “Most of the girls that ended up becoming girlfriends reacted the same way: they were very nonchalant about their “initiation.” 

And Madison related the history behind Hef’s biweekly night out on the town with the Playmates.

“For decades, Hef was an infamous homebody. After all, he created his own version of paradise at the Playboy Mansion, so why would he ever want to leave? Throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, it was extremely rare to see him out and about. In 1999, when he separated from his wife of almost 10 years, Kimberley Conrad, a few of his friends persuaded him to leave his compound for a night on the town. What happened next was a surprise to everyone. People went absolutely crazy to see this 70-something icon from another era at an L.A. nightclub. Shortly thereafter Hef instituted his biweekly club nights. Rolling Stone magazine called it “Hugh Hefner’s Resurrection.””

Interestingly, like a high level Hustler, Hugh was a recluse for many years; however, like a Mack he came to surround himself with friends and girls possibly to validate his existence. 

From the three former Bunnies we can cull the following about Hef's characteristics\techniques. Hef was:

very polite
very sweet
warm
welcoming
persistent
charming
powerful
cool
attentive
direct
possessed a certain swagger
had nice guy "act"
pitted bunny against bunny, and
played on insecurities



Sunday, February 14, 2016

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (2015): Sex, Sex and More Sex with Her Mother's Boyfriend






Chris Dodge of the Utne Reader wrote “What's unusual and wonderful about Gloeckner's writing and art is its unflinching engagement with messy truths. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is shocking – and refreshingly – frank, strongly conveying what it's like to be a sexual girl [...]” And Peggy Orenstein of the New York Times opined “Gloeckner is arguably the brightest light among a small cadre of semiautobiographical cartoonist.”

Hillary Chute, an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Chicago, wrote in the foreword that “The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a totally uninhibited object. The protagonist Minnie, who lives in San Francisco and starts an affair with her mother's boyfriend when she is only fifteen, keeps an expressive diary that constitutes a large portion of the book [...] Diary stands as a brave, unabashed take on the complexity of life at this age.”

In Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel, Minnie, who was a green-eyed sophomore, was described as “[...] (about 5'4”), with broad shoulders and broad lips and a little waist” with growing breasts.

Minnie's affair began with Monroe, her mother's thirty-five-year-old boyfriend, after Monroe rubbed Minnie's breast through her white and blue striped flannel nightgown. Monroe was described as “the handsomest man in the world” with blond hair, blue eyes and “two big strong muscular thighs” who was into “waspy-looking girls with small tits” and was a fan of David Hamilton. Minnie “half-felt” that it was “rude and presumptuous” to think that Monroe did it on purpose, but she backed away because she didn't want Monroe to know how small her breast were. In addition, Minnie had a “strangely calming feeling” that even if Monroe had intentionally touched her “tits on purpose, that is was probably all right because he's one of our best friends and he's a good guy and he knows how it goes […]”

Two nights later, Minnie's mother suggested that the ephebophile and nymphet go out. They went to a nightclub where, after a number of drinks, Monroe kept feeling on Minnie's “tits” before Monroe said, “Oh look you're giving me a hard-on […]” Subsequently, he put Minnie's hands down his pants which caused Minnie to shockingly ask Monroe to “f_ck” her. Back in the car Monroe asked, “You really do want me to f_ck you, don't you?”

On a subsequent night, after Minnie's mother went to bed after viewing an episode of Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Monroe slipped his hands between Minnie's legs. Minnie attempted to return the favor and give Monroe a “blow-job and everything else”, but they decided that it was too risky. However, on the following Tuesday, Minnie skipped school, Monroe drove her to his apartment in the Russian Hill section of San Francisco where the nymphet gave her mother's boyfriend her virginity. Minnie commemorated the event by drawing an “X” in blood on Monroe's leg before Monroe said that he couldn't believe that the fifteen-year-old wasn't a virgin. Minnie shared that she hadn't even kissed a boy.

After they had sex three more times, Monroe began to feel guilty about the affair. Not only did Minnie feel “unguilty”, she became filled with sexual energy. So much so that she picked up a cute sixteen-year-old at the Golden Gate Park, began giving him a hand-job in the aquarium which ended in the bushes where she “sucked his d_ck” and “rubbed it until he came all over his brand - new grass - green shirt.”

That was the beginning of Minnie's affair and her journey into raunchy teen behavior. Without going into details about the affair and Minnie's numerous sex scenes, I'm going to share some relevant briefs from the book:

When Minnie was in the 8th grade at the Hamlin School for Girls, she was in love with Sarah S----. Minnie shared “I remember trying to accidentally rub my chest against hers – we wore white cotton midi blouses and neither of us wore a bra.”

Pascal, Minnie's Manhattan based stepfather, slept with Elizabeth, Minnie's sixteen-year-old friend – once when Elizabeth visited the east coast and again when Pascal was in LA on business. However, Minnie's mother wasn't surprised by the affair. She shared that her ex-husband had an affair with his sixteen or seventeen-year-old tutee while he worked as a calculus professor in Philadelphia. The news of Pascal's affairs with nymphets made Minnie question Pascal's sincerity about his ongoing concern about her well-being. She suspected that he secretly wanted to have an affair with her as well.

Kimmie Minter, Minnie's best friend, tried masturbating but it hurt due to her three-inch, “always painted”, nails. In addition, Kimmie desired to know the size of Monroe's d_ck. She got crisp one-hundred dollar bills from old man Mr. Coltos for engaging in acts like letting him rub suntan lotion on her bikini clad body in the backyard while his wheelchair bound wife watched Dialing for Dollars in the living room. In addition, Kimmie used to baby-sit “for a mixed couple with two little boys.” After Marcus, the black father, came home from bowling while his white wife was still out “with her girlfriends”, Kimmie gave him blow jobs after she put Vaseline all over her mouth, because Marcus' d_ck was so big that it felt like her mouth was going to rip at the corners.

Minnie and Kimmie met with Marcus for the purpose of engaging in a three-way in a cheap hotel, but the nymphets changed their minds at the last minute.

Minnie loved black guys because “they look so tough” and “smell so gutsy”.

Minnie wondered if she could ever “fuck” her own father. She shared that she used to have dreams about her grandfather. “We were both nude, but I'd look down, and there was nothing there...”

At least once, Minnie had sex with a teen (e.g., Ricky in Julius Kahn Park.) and Monroe on the same day.

Minnie went on a three-day trip to Paradise, California with Kimmie and her mother to visit Kimmie's cousin Doreen and her husband. “Kimmie was obsessed with the idea of fucking Doreen's husband,” which she did – twice.

Minnie, Kimmie and Monroe had a three-way in Monroe's apartment. Here's Minnie's description of the event: “He f_cked both of us and he came inside both of us […] We both sucked his c_ck and he ate us out and we ate each other out […]”

Minnie found boys her own age a “bore” and couldn't “get really interested in them”.

Minnie had a lipstick lesbian affair with Tabatha, a sixteen-year-old girl with “a tough, feminine style.” Tabatha had a drug problem and let two Black men, Arthur and his brother, have sex with a drugged Minnie for a bag of Quaaludes. (Interestingly, the first edition of the book was even more graphic than the second. For example, in the first edition, there's a mind-bending picture of Tabatha having oral sex with a transvestite for drug money.)

Dr. Wollenberg, Minnie's psychiatrist, prescribed her a Sunbeam Personal Massager; however, Minnie found the orange vibrator to be “too intense”.

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Phoebe Gloeckner

There was an off-broadway stage adaption of the graphic novel and according to the film's Wikipedia page, the movie received a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 119 critics, with average rating of 8/10. We're surprised that the film, which won an Jury award at Sundance and was shown in Manhattan at the high-brow Lincoln Center, was well-received. For one, the book had (obviously) a lot more details and Minnie was played by twenty-three-year-old Bel Powley instead a nymphet. 


Lastly, we'll end with a statement from the author, who is an associate professor at the University of Michigan in the Stamps School of Art and Design. She wrote in the preface of the revised edition “Minnie is, first and foremost, a human being. That she is female and young are secondary […] Although I am the source of Minnie, she cannot be me – for the book to have real meaning, she must be all girls […]”


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Russian Nymphets and Bunin's DARK AVENUES: The Most Read Short Stories in Russia





Dark Avenues is a volume of short yet dark and erotic love stories by a Nobel Prize-winning author Ivan Bunin. In The Works by I.A. Bunin, Oleg Mikhailov wrote that Dark Avenues is "the only book in the history of Russian literature devoted entirely to the concept of love" and this classic of Russian literature is considered to be Bunin's magnum opus.

Considering the ephebophilia and nympholepsy in Dark Avenues it is interesting that Boyd wrote in Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years that since Nabokov’s “early youth” he “cherished” and “valued” Bunin. And Field shared in Nabokov, His Life in Art an excerpt from an article that Nabokov wrote in The Rudder (1929) about Bunin’s poetry “The poems of Bunin are the best that has been created by the Russian Muse for several decades…Every line of Bunin’s is worthy of being preserved.”

According Alma Classics, Dark Avenues, if not the most read, is one of the most read volumes of short stories in Russia.

In “Styopa”, Krasilshchikov, a young merchant and graduate from a university in Moscow, due to a “downpour” and “shaking thunderclaps”, led his horse into an inn “kept by the old widower Pronin.” The cook quit after a “row” with the widower before Pronin and the labourer “went off to the town on business”; therefore, Styopa, Pronin’s sixteen-year-old daughter, was left alone in the inn.

Styopa is described as having a “half-childish voice”, “black eyes and [a] swarthy little face.” In addition, Bunin wrote “The match was burning out, but he could still see her shyly little face, the coral necklace round her neck, her small breasts under the yellow cotton dress….She was hardly his height and almost a child.”

Krasilshchikov gave Styopa “a prolonged kiss on the lips, and his hands slid lower.” Styopa responded by pleading, “…papa will come back….Oh, you mustn’t!” Over half an hour later she went to sleep after they made love and awoke in the morning “with her unbuttoned dress and disheveled hair”.

After Krasilshchikov informed Styopa, “It’s time for me to go.” She pleaded, “[…] in the name of the heavenly father, marry me! I will be your lowest slave! I will sleep on your threshold – take me!” However, by “that evening he left in a troika for the railway station. Two days later he was already in Kislovodsk.”

Here is the opening of “Tanya”:

She was working as a housemaid in the house of his relation Madame Kazakov, who owned a small estate. She was just seventeen years old; her tiny figure was especially noticeable when she walked barefoot, her skirt swaying gently from side to side and her little breasts moving under her blouse […] her simple little face could be called pleasing, and her grey peasant eyes had no beauty other than that of youth.” And Tanya, an orphan, was described as a “half-childish girl” with an “intoxicating scent of something rural and virginal”.

Petrusha, on his way back to Moscow, had stopped to visit Kazakova in the country. In the middle of the night “He lit a match and caught sight of her asleep. She was lying on her back on a wooden bed, in a blouse and cotton skirt - her little breasts showed roundness through her blouse, her legs were bare to the knees[...] The match went out. He stood there – and gently approached the bed...” “He moved her legs apart in their tender warmth[...]” “[...] and he began to kiss her neck, her breast, inhaling that intoxicating scent of something rural and virginal. And she, through her tears, suddenly gave a spontaneous feminine response – strongly, and it seemed gratefully, embracing him and pressing his head to her breast.” After subsequent sexual conquests with the nymphet, to Tanya's utter dismay, Petrusha left the country never to visit again.

And in “The Crow”, a father, an important government official, banished his son to Petersburg and threatened to disinherit him if he didn't comply. That was done after the father caught the son cavorting with the help, Elena Nikolaevna. Nikolaevna was described as “young light-limbed” with a “fine delicate face blushing in crimson patches – the face of a frail blonde girl in a thin white blouse, with dark armpits and still only faintly outlined breasts.” Subsequently, the son caught the father with Nikolaevna, his “enchanting young wife”, entering the Marinsky theater in Petersburg. “On her neck a little ruby cross with a dark fire; her slim arms had already grown rounder and were bare to above the elbow [...]”