O is the slave of Rene who then passes her on to Sir Steven, his friend. O is taught how to be obedient to these men but these men are irresponsible. I know people in the lifestyle and as the reader described the two endings for the story abandonment would not occur to the Masters. A responsible Master cares for his slave.
I did like the beginning as it told the history of The Story of O as well as what critics have said. I liked O, Ann Marie, and Natalie. Hated Jacquelinn from the beginning--she was a user. I came hate Rene and Sir Steven for their lack of caring for O (physical as well as emotional.) It is a story of its time but this is not the way a responsible pairing occurs.