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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

upon themselves a disadvantage. 

 

The happiness arising from an union depends chiefly on the character of 

the persons who are concerned in it. If men and women were as consistent 

and virtuous as they should be, the connubial bond would be soft and 

pleasant; but as these effects do not always arise, where is the fault? 

Which is better, or more worthy, the male or the female sex? This is 

rather a difficult question; and let the palm of superior merit be 

awarded to either, the imputation of prejudice would be connected with 

the decision. But fortunately there is little difference: one varies 

from the other in particular qualities; but if the aggregate of merit be 

taken in each, the amount will not differ much. Education forms the 

principal variation: men are instructed in the more active and laborious 

employments, women in the more sedentary and domestic. Dr Southey says, 

that "if women are not formed of finer clay, there has been more of the 

dew of heaven to temper it." Richard Flecknoe, a contemporary with 

Dryden, observes of the female sex,--"I have always been conversant with 

the best and worthiest in all places where I came; and among the rest 

with ladies, in whose conversation, as in an academy of virtue, I learnt 

nothing but goodness, and saw nothing but nobleness." It must be 

granted, that women in general possess more of the sweetness and 

softness of human nature, while men are endowed with more vigorous 

virtues; women are gifted with more fortitude, and men with more valor. 

 

Jeremy Taylor says,--"Marriage hath in it the labor of love, and the 

delicacies of friendship; the blessings of society, and the union of 

hands and hearts." 

 

Cowper has also alluded to the advantages of a matrimonial settlement,-- 

 

"O friendly to the best pursuits of man, 

Friendly to thought, to virtue, and to peace, 

Domestic life in rural pleasure pass'd." 

 

Marriage is frequently an union of interest: the happiness of one is 

made a source of enjoyment to the other. It is for life, because it is 

most agreeable with the inclination of mankind that friendship, esteem 

and love should be permanent. In this instance a continuance of the 

union constitutes no small part of the bliss. The expectation of a 

durable connection makes men careful, otherwise they would marry and 

unmarry every week. There is, by the arrangement of the Almighty, a 

comparative power or influence vested in the man, because, agreeably 

with all good government,-- 

 

"Some are, and must be, greater than the rest;" 

 

but then, as Dr Beattie observes, "the superiority vested by law in the 


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