Story-telling Women

"Juliette's story-telling function is itself part of her whoreishness. She is a perfect whore, like the whores in The Hundred and Twenty Days at Sodom. In that book, four libertines take four of the most brilliant and distinguished prostitutes in Paris off for a holiday to the remote and isolated Castle of Silling, besides a numerous complement of wives, servants and victims. These four women survive the ensuing holocaust; they will all return home safe and sound, not only because they are consummately wicked, but because, like Scheherazade, they know how to utilize the power of the word, of narrative, to save their lives. The continuity of their narratives protects them from the discontinuity of death. These women, like Juliette, tell the stories of their lives."

–The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History by Angela Carter

In a world where women are nothing but commodities and only properties to be traded, Juliette buys her life and safety with stories just as the vizier's daughter Scheherazade buys time with her words in "One Thousand and One Nights".