"the notion I was to form of sadism"
Robert de Montesquiou by Giovanni Boldini
Public DomainRobert de Montesquiou by Giovanni Boldini
Sadism becomes an important theme later in the novel, especially in relation to the Baron de Charlus. Charlus' character was partly based on Proust's friend Count Robert de Montesquiou, who was hurt by this portrayal.