Fatefully, he was diverted from his studies for the priesthood by an opportunity to become the protege of a prominent Venetian senator. He voyaged to far-flung courts and great houses and acquainted himself with princes and pashas, thereby acquiring the social and intellectual shine that concealed his humble origins and at the same time enabled him to gather intelligence and put it to good use. Ever curious and adventurous, he fell afoul of the Inquisition by reason of his devotion to both kabbalah and Freemasonry. Of course, Casanova was even more devoted to the pleasures of the flesh. His first conquest in adolescence was the 13-year-old sister of the priest who was his tutor: It was she who little by little kindled in my heart the first sparks of a feeling which later became my ruling passion, Casanova wrote. To his credit, Bergreen describes the numerous flirtations, seductions and love affairs for which Casanova is famous with both elegance and an appropriate touch of eroticism. Indeed, the book reminded me at moments of the more decorous literary erotica of the 19th century just as Casanovas real-life adventures are faintly reminiscent of Henry Fieldings Tom Jones or William Thackerays Barry Lyndon. Bergreen enriches the narrative with his asides on the elaborate mechanics of seduction in Casanovas world. By one estimate, [Venetian women] spent seven hours a day at their toilette, much of it with their hairdressers, who applied a rainbow of dyes to make their hair shimmer like spun gold, he writes. As a result, they became confidants, confessors, and at times lovers of the ladies they attended. We discover, by the way, that 18th century condoms were fashioned from linen or the intestine of an animal. And he reveals that the elaborate social rituals of the age were charged with sexual opportunity: In a society consisting of arranged marriages based on lineage and wealth, husbands and wives went their separate ways after fulfilling their duty to produce heirs. Now and then, the erotic adventures take some very strange turns. Casanova falls in love with a famous castrato named Bellino, so feminine in appearance that Casanova insists on a physical inspection to satisfy his doubts about Bellinos gender. My dear Bellino, cries Casanova, I am sure that you are not of my sex. When Bellino puts him off, the seducer satisfies himself with not one but both of Bellinos sisters.
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