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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

 

 

FRENCH WOMEN. 

 

Though the ladies of France are not very handsome, they are sensible and 

witty. To many of them, without the least flattery, may be applied the 

distich which Sappho ascribes to herself: 

 

"_If partial nature has denied me beauty, the charms of my mind amply 

make up for the deficiency._" 

 

No women upon earth can excel, and few rival them, in their almost 

native arts of pleasing all who approach them. Add to this, an education 

beyond that of most European ladies, a consummate skill in those 

accomplishments that suit the fair sex, and the most graceful manner of 

displaying that knowledge to the utmost advantage. 

 

Such is the description that may safely be given of the French ladies in 

general. But the spirit, or rather the _evil genius_ of gallantry, too 

often perverts all these lovely qualities, and renders them subservient 

to very iniquitous ends. 

 

In every country, women have always a little to do, and a great deal to 

say. In France, they dictate almost every thing that is said, and direct 

every thing that is done. They are the most restless beings in the 

world. To fold her hands in idleness, and impose silence on her tongue, 

would be to a French woman worse than death. The sole joy of her life is 

to be engaged in the prosecution of some scheme, relating either to 

fashion, ambition, or love. 

 

Among the rich and opulent, they are entirely the votaries of pleasure, 

which they pursue through all its labyrinths, at the expense of fortune, 

reputation, and health. Giddy and extravagant to the last degree, they 

leave to their husbands economy and care, which would only spoil their 

complexions, and furrow their brows. 

 

When we descend to tradesmen and mechanics, the case is reversed: the 

wife manages every thing in the house and shop, while the husband 

lounges in the back-shop an idle spectator, or struts about with his 

sword and bag-wig. 

 

Matrimony among the French, seems to be a bargain entered into by a male 

and female, to bear the same name, live in the same house, and pursue 

their separate pleasures without restraint or control. And, so 

religiously is this part of the bargain kept, that both parties shape 

their course exactly as convenience and inclination dictate. 

 

The French girls are kept under very strict superintendence. They are 

not allowed to go to parties, or places of public amusement, without 

being accompanied by some married female relation; and they see their 

lovers only in the presence of a third person. Marriages are entirely 

negotiated by parents; and sometimes the wedding day is the second time 


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