Essay title: Venus in Furs
The Venus makes up a contract for Severin to sign regarding their arrangement.Then they travel to Italy, to be away from the people they know and to be in a place where slavery is not abhorrent to the general populace.Once in Italy, she finds a Villa to stay in so no one thinks oddly of her behavior as she associates with him.
Once in the Italian villa she has him sign the contract that they agreed upon.She also has him sign a suicide note in the event that their agreed upon terms result in his death.Throughout the time they are in Italy she treats him as her slave, whips him, orders him around, and occasionally gives him relief with her intimate kisses.Throughout the experience he questions her love for him until she pays attention to him; then itâ€™s his obsession renewed.At one point he looks at one of the black servants she has employed during her stay there and she has him hogtied and locks him in a cold basement for a while.
The ultimate cruelty for Severin is when she starts to court other men in front of him and makes him fetch her information on them.There is one man in particular who she courts, a young, rich, greek man, who she falls in love with.Severin can see this man easily subjugating his Venus.She spends time with this young man, ignoring Severin, until he finally leaves.Severin comes into her room and begs to know what she will do, and if she still loves him.
She admits that she loves this man and will marry him if he has her.This sets Severin offâ€”he begs and pleads with his Venus that he loves her and cannot live without her.She ignores him and then sends him away as if he is nothing more than a nuisance. At this he resolves to flee his indifferent captor.He writes her a note and leaves under the cover of night.
Itâ€™s not until he gets to the train that he realizes he has no money to go anywhere.He goes down to the river and contemplates killing himself with the dagger he stole from her, but he canâ€™t do it to himself. He loves his Venus too much.So he returns the next morning to meet her wrath and see if she will do it for him.When he returns, sheâ€™s surprised that he is still alive, then gives.