...and this titbit of news, after the first bafflement, did not really surprise anyone.
He had often spread it about that, in his old age, he did not want women beside him, only dogs and peasants. Both were more reliable and sincere than his ladies.
Of course, he had had many, of all ages, features and social class, because it was not the single woman who attracted him but rather the female universe in general. He considered it intriguing, mysterious, seductive.
Even the men in the village admired that magnetism which conquered for him, in no time at all, even the coyest women and also his stylishness, so natural and all-embracing.
For many people, to die still ‘unwed’, was his last, most-envied blessing