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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

accidental entrance of an amiable woman; while her good sense and 

obliging deportment charms them into at least a temporary conviction, 

that there is nothing so delightful as female conversation, in its 

best form! Were such conviction frequently repeated, what might we not 

expect from it at last? 

 

"Were virtue," said an ancient philosopher, "to appear amongst men in a 

visible shape, what vehement desires would she enkindle!" Virtue, 

exhibited without affectation, by a lovely young person, of improved 

understanding and gentle manners, may be said to appear with the most 

alluring aspect, surrounded by the _Graces_. 

 

It would be an easy matter to point out instances of the most evident 

reformation, wrought on particular men, by their having happily 

conceived a passion for virtuous women. 

 

To form the manners of men, various causes contribute; but nothing, 

perhaps, so much as the turn of the women with whom they converse. Those 

who are most conversant with women of virtue and understanding, will be 

always found the most amiable characters, other circumstances being 

supposed alike. Such society, beyond every thing else, rubs off the 

_corners_ that gives many of our sex an ungracious roughness. It 

produces a polish more perfect, and more pleasing than that which is 

received from a general commerce with the world. This last is often 

specious, but commonly superficial. The other is the result of gentler 

feelings, and more humanity. The heart itself is moulded. Habits of 

undissembled courtesy are formed. A certain flowing urbanity is 

acquired. Violent passions, rash oaths, coarse jests, indelicate 

language of every kind, are precluded and disrelished. 

 

Female society gives men a taste for cleanliness and elegance of person. 

Our ancestors, who kept but little company with their women, were not 

only slovenly in their dress, but had their countenances disfigured with 

long beards. By female influence, however, beards were, in process of 

time, mutilated down to mustaches. As the gentlemen found that the 

ladies had no great relish for mustaches, which were the relics of a 

beard, they cut and curled them into various fashions, to render them 

more agreeable. At last, however, finding such labor vain, they gave 

them up altogether. But as those of the three learned professions were 

supposed to be endowed with, or at least to stand in need of, more 

wisdom than other people, and as the longest beard had always been 

deemed to sprout from the wisest chin, to supply this mark of 

distinction, which they had lost, they contrived to smother their heads 


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