Story of O Setting & Symbolism

Pauline Réage
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"O" (the shape, not the character)

Aside from being the symbol for O's never revealed name, the shape "O" has three other values - one evident, three inferred. The evident value manifests in the ring O wears, the circular symbol of her sexual availability. The first inferred value is that O also represents, approximately, the shape of her available orifices - her vaginal opening, her anal opening, and her mouth. The second inferred value is that of eternity. The O shape has no beginning and no end, neither does her submission (as embodied by the ring), and neither, according to her training, do the openings of her orifices - her mouth, vagina, and anus are, not to put too fine a point on it, eternally open. The third inferred aspect of the symbol can be found in the fact that it is the first letter in...

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