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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

FEMALE FRIENDSHIP. 

 

It has long been a question, Which of the two sexes is most capable of 

friendship? Montague, who is so much celebrated for his knowledge of 

human nature, has given it positively against the women; and his opinion 

has been generally embraced. 

 

Friendship perhaps, in women, is more rare than among men; but, at the 

same time, it must be allowed that where it is found, it is more tender. 

 

Men, in general, have more of the parade than the graces of friendship. 

They often wound while they serve; and their warmest sentiments are not 

very enlightened, with respect to those minute sentiments which are of 

so much value. But women have a refined sensibility, which makes them 

see every thing; nothing escapes them. They divine the silent 

friendship; they encourage the bashful or timid friendship; they offer 

the sweetest consolations to friendship in distress. Furnished with 

finer instruments, they treat more delicately a wounded heart. They 

compose it, and prevent it from feeling its agonies. They know, above 

all, how to give value to a thousand things, which have no value in 

themselves. 

 

We ought therefore, perhaps, to desire the friendship of a man upon 

great occasions; but, for general happiness, we must prefer the 

friendship of a woman. 

 

With regard to female intimacies, it may be taken for granted that there 

is no young woman who has not, or wishes not to have, a companion of her 

own sex, to whom she may unbosom herself on every occasion. That there 

are women capable of friendship with women, few impartial observers will 

deny. There have been many evident proofs of it, and those carried as 

far as seemed compatible with the imperfections of our common nature. It 

is, however, questioned by some; while others believe that it happens 

exceedingly seldom. Between married and unmarried women, it no doubt 

happens very often; whether it does so between those that are single, is 

not so certain. Young men appear more frequently susceptible of a 

generous and steady friendship for each other, than females as yet 

unconnected; especially, if the latter have, or are supposed to have, 

pretensions to beauty, not adjusted by the public. 

 

In the frame and condition of females, however, compared with those of 

the other sex, there are some circumstances which may help towards an 

apology for this unfavorable feature in their character. 

 

The state of matrimony is necessary to the support, order, and comfort 

of society. But it is a state that subjects the women to a great variety 

of solicitude and pain. Nothing could carry them through it with any 


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