The paper intends to bring up a critique of the concept of virginity, a quality long held as a supreme virtue of feminity. The paper is divided in two sections: (i) the crisis of utmost virtuousness; ii) the reason to rebuff love. I assert the necessity of sensual desire, exploring through Balzac' s works and theories that platonic love readily leads to tragedy. The countess of Mortsauf believes in "pure love" and the possibility to acquire accordance between physical aspiration and religious yearning; this is vain hope, and in the end the countess turns her back on religious belief and hope. The paper also demonstrates the sexual need of the male. Felix declares to the countess,“unpossessing love sustains itself through the surging of desire, but then comes an extremely painful moment. Men as we are are equipped with an ability that cannot be given up, or they should be men no more. As deprived of the nutrition that sustains itself, the heart can only devours itself; the heart shall feel a kind of tranquility, which is not death, but the prelude to death.” The paper lastly expounds what induces decisively the countess to reject Felix. The countess, an ingrained pessimist, finds in love only its despondent facets: jealousy, betrayal, and desertion, and eventually forsakes the worldly path.