Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
His personal theories concerning women presented to him two or three effective ways of managing them. You made love to them, you flattered them either subtly or grossly, you roughly or smoothly bullied them, or you harrowed them with haughty indifference - if your love-making had produced its proper effect - when it was necessary to lure or drive or trick them into submission. Women should be made useful in one way or another.
It's fascinating to me that a book written in 1907, which has a strong element of genre Romance to it, deals so directly with the ways in which men attempt to dominate and control women. The author really appears to be exorcising her own demons in writing this story.