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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

absolutely necessary to observe this distinction, which will effectually 

secure you from the dangerous error of taking the shadow for the 

substance, an irretrievable mistake, pregnant with innumerable 

consequent evils! 

 

"From what has been said, it plainly appears, that the criterion of this 

amiable virtue is not to be taken for the general opinion; mere good 

humor being, to all intents and purposes, sufficient in this particular, 

to establish the public voice in favor of a man utterly devoid of every 

humane and benevolent affection of heart. It is only from the less 

conspicuous scenes of life, the more retired sphere of action, from the 

artless tenor of domestic conduct, that the real character can, with any 

certainty be drawn. These, undisguised, proclaim the man. But, as they 

shun the glare of light, nor court the noise of popular applause, they 

pass unnoticed, and are seldom known till after an intimate 

acquaintance. The best method, therefore, to avoid the deception in this 

case, is to lay no stress on outward appearances, which are too often 

fallacious, but to take the rule of judging from the simple unpolished 

sentiments of those whose dependent connections give them undeniable 

certainty; who not only see, but who hourly feel, the good or bad effect 

of that disposition, to which they are subjected. By this, I mean, that 

if a man is equally respected, esteemed, and beloved by his dependants 

and domestics, you may justly conclude, he has that true good nature, 

that real benevolence, which delights in communicating felicity, and 

enjoys the satisfaction it diffuses. But if by these he is despised and 

hated, served merely from a principle of fear, devoid of affection, 

which is ever easily discoverable, whatever may be his public character, 

however favorable the general opinion, be assured, that his disposition 

is such as can never be productive of domestic happiness. I have been 

the more particular on this head, as it is one of the most essential 

qualifications to be regarded, and of all others the most liable to be 

mistaken. 

 

"Never be prevailed with, my dear, to give your hand to a person 

defective in these material points. Secure of virtue, of good nature, 

and understanding, in a husband, you may be secure of happiness. Without 

the two former it is unattainable. Without the latter in a tolerable 

degree, it must be very imperfect. 

 

"Remember, however, that infallibility is not the property of man, or 

you may entail disappointment on yourself, by expecting what is never to 


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