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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

and indeed in almost every port of Italy, women are taught from their 

infancy the various arts of alluring to their arms the young and unwary, 

and of obtaining from them, while heated by love or wine, every thing 

that flattery and false smiles can obtain, in these unguarded moments. 

 

The Italians, like their neighbors of Spain and Portugal, live under the 

paralyzing influence of a religion that retains its superstitious forms, 

while little of life-giving faith remains. Like them they have lively 

passions, are extremely susceptible, and in the general conduct of life 

more governed by the impetuosity of impulse than rectitude of principle. 

The ladies have less gravity than the Spanish, and less frivolity than 

the French, and in their style of dress incline towards the freedom of 

the latter. Some of the richest and most commodious convents of Europe 

are in Italy. The daughters of wealthy families are generally bestowed 

in marriage as soon as they leave these places of education. These 

matters are entirely arranged by parents and guardians, and youth and 

age are not unfrequently joined together, for the sake of uniting 

certain acres of land. But the affections, thus repressed, seek their 

natural level by indirect courses. It is a rare thing for an Italian 

lady to be without her _cavaliere servente_, or lover, who spends much 

of his time at her house, attends her to all public places, and appears 

to live upon her smiles. The old maxim of the Provencal troubadours, 

that matrimony ought to be no hindrance to such _liaisons_, seems to be 

generally and practically believed in Italy. 

 

In Genoa, there are marriage-brokers, who have pocketbooks filled with 

the names of marriageable girls of different classes, with an account of 

their fortunes, personal attractions, &c. When they succeed in 

arranging connections, they have two or three per cent. commission on 

the portion. The marriage-contract is often drawn up before the parties 

have seen each other. If a man dislikes the appearances or manners of 

his future partner, he may break off the match, on condition of paying 

the brokerage and other expenses. 

 

 

SPANISH WOMEN. 

 

As the Spanish ladies are under a greater seclusion from general 

society, than the sex is in other European countries, their desires of 

an adequate degree of liberty are consequently more strong and urgent. A 

free and open communication being denied them, they make it their 

business to secure themselves a secret and hidden one. Hence it is that 

Spain is the country of intrigue. 


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