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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

 

 

CHINESE WOMAN. 

 

Of all the other Asiatics, the Chinese have, perhaps the best title to 

modesty. Even the men wrap themselves closely up in their garments, and 

reckon it indecent to discover any more of their arms and legs than is 

necessary.--The women, still more closely wrapt up, never discover a 

naked hand even to their nearest relations, if they can possibly avoid 

it. Every part of their dress, every part of their behavior is 

calculated to preserve decency, and inspire respect. And, what adds 

lustre to of their charms, is that uncommon modesty which appears in 

every look and in every action. 

 

Charmed, no doubt, with so engaging a deportment, the men behave to them 

in a reciprocal manner. And, that their virtue may not be contaminated 

by the neighborhood of vice, the legislature takes care that no 

prostitutes shall lodge within the walls of any of the great cities of 

China. 

 

Some, however, suspect whether this appearance of modesty be any thing 

else than the custom of the country; and allege that, notwithstanding 

so much decency and decorum, they have their peculiar modes of 

intriguing, and embrace every possible opportunity of putting them in 

practice; and that, in these intrigues, they frequently scruple not to 

stab the paramour they had invited to their arms, as the surest method 

of preventing detection and loss of character. 

 

A bridegroom knows nothing of the character or person of his intended 

wife, except what he gathers from the report of some female relative, or 

confidant, who undertakes to arrange the marriage, and determine the sum 

that shall be paid for the bride. Very severe laws are made to prevent 

deception and fraud in these transactions. On the day appointed for the 

wedding the damsel is placed in a close palanquin the key of which is 

sent to the bridegroom, by the hands of some trusty domestic. Her 

relations and friends accompanied by squalling music, escort her to his 

house; at the gate of which he stands in full dress, ready to receive 

her. He eagerly opens the palanquin and examines his bargain. If he is 

pleased, she enters his dwelling, and the marriage is celebrated with 

feasting and rejoicing; the men and women being all the time in separate 

apartments. If the bridegroom is dissatisfied, he shuts the palanquin, 

and sends the woman back to her relations; but when this happens, he 

must pay another sum of money equal to the price he first gave for her. 

A woman who unites beauty with accomplishments brings from four to seven 

hundred louis d'ors; some sell for less than one hundred. The apartments 


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