But in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Don Juan slowly evolved from the masculine adventurer to a more feminized version: a man who lived only for women.
This evolution came from women’s interest in the story, and was a result of their frustrated desires.
Resistance is only the spur to his desire, enflaming him all the more.
When Picasso was seducing Françoise Gilot, in fact, he begged her to resist; he needed resistance to add to the thrill.
But often her marriages and relationships give her not romance and devotion but routine and an endlessly distracted mate.