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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

the perversity of human beings will put asunder. Obstinacy in trifling 

matters in the marriage state is an evidence of little love and a bad 

heart; but if trifling matters appear important, and the gaining of 

every point be as the taking of a citadel, the person is wrong in his 

judgment; he is insane, or partially so. Many worthy women have been 

cursed with worthless husbands; but, unfortunately, the grievances of 

the female sex have been less frequently known than those of the men; 

for women are not authors, and men are frequently so; consequently, in 

all estimates of the comparative merit of the sexes, it must be 

remembered that more has been said on the one side than on the other. 

Home, however, is the castle of the wife, if she be a good one; here she 

keeps her permanent abode, agreeably with the injunction of St. Paul. 

The husband is absent the principal part of his time, may there not 

therefore, on some occasions, be too greet an inclination in the lady to 

consider herself as the governor of the establishment, while the husband 

may be deemed a visiter, rather than the master? This would not arise in 

the breast of an amiable and affectionate wife, but it has sometimes 

arisen; for, unfortunately, all wives have not been good ones. Jerome 

Cardan was so unfortunate as to have a wife who was proverbial for her 

ill temper and arbitrary conduct. John Knox said of Lord Erskine, "He 

has a very Jezebel to his wife." Salmasius, the opponent of Milton, was 

made perpetually uneasy by a similar thorn. The unfortunate husband was 

a Frenchman, and Milton said (as Dr Johnson observes,) "Tu es Gallus, 

et, ut aiunt, nimium gallinaceus." Milton himself seems to have suffered 

from a similar cause, for he evinces so much hostility to the female 

sex, that no other reason would so naturally account for it. He 

exclaims, 

 

"O why did God, 

Creator wise, that peopled highest Heaven 

With spirits masculine, create at last 

This novelty on earth, this fair defect 

Of nature, and not fill the world at once 

With men and angels without feminine?" 

 

Milton adds a great deal more, which, if he had a high opinion of woman, 

even his anxiety to make his character of Adam consistent would not have 

demanded. An amiable temper on the part of a wife, with her own natural 

softness, and an inclination to yield in unimportant matters, will not 

only increase love, but power; for in this respect, agreeably to the 

opinion of Prince Eugene, love is power. 

 

Marriage is sometimes made a matter of mere convenience; people enter 


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