• Women are strange little beasts,' he said to Dr. Coutras. 'You can treat them like dogs, you can beat them till your arm aches, and still they love you.' He shrugged his shoulders. 'Of course, it is one of the most absurd illusions of Christianity that they have souls.

    W. Somerset Maugham (2012). “The Moon and Sixpence”, p.153, Courier Corporation