"You've only to assume that I, too, am a man et nihil humanum...in a word, that I am capable of being attracted and falling in love (which does not depend on our will), then everything can be explained in the most natural manner. The question is, am I a monster, or am I myself a victim? And what if I am a victim? In proposing to the object of my passion to elope with me to America or Switzerland, I may have cherished the deepest respect for her and may have thought I was promoting our mutual happiness! Reason is the slave of passion, you know; why probably, I was doing more harm to myself than anyone!"