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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

 

In Spain, the women had formerly no voice in disposing of themselves in 

matrimony. But as the empire of common sense began to extend itself, 

they began to claim a privilege, at least of being consulted in the 

choice of the partners of their lives. Many fathers and guardians, hurt 

by this female innovation, and puffed up with Spanish pride, still 

insisted on forcing their daughters to marry according to their 

pleasure, by means of duennas, locks, hunger, and even sometimes of 

poison and daggers. But as nature will revolt against every species of 

oppression and injustice, the ladies have for some time begun to assert 

their own rights. The authority of fathers and guardians begins to 

decline, and lovers find themselves obliged to apply to the affections 

of the fair, as well as to the pride and avarice of their relations. 

 

The nightly musical serenades of mistresses by their lovers are still in 

use. The gallant composes some love sonnets, as expressive as he can, 

not only of the situation of his heart, but of every particular 

circumstance between him and the lady, not forgetting to lard them with 

the most extravagant encomiums on her beauty and merit. These he sings 

in the night below her window accompanied with his lute, or sometimes 

with a whole band of music. The more piercingly cold the air, the more 

the lady's heart is supposed to be thawed with the patient sufferance 

of her lover, who, from night to night, frequently continues his 

exercises for many hours, heaving the deepest sighs, and casting the 

most piteous looks towards the window; at which if his goddess at last 

deigns to appear, and drops him a curtsey, he is superlatively paid for 

all his watching; but if she blesses him with a smile, he is ready to 

run distracted. 

 

In Italy the manner of addressing the ladies, so far as it relates to 

serenading, nearly resembles that of Spain. The Italian, however, goes a 

step farther than the Spaniard. He endeavors to blockade the house where 

his fair one lives, so as to prevent the entrance of any rival. If he 

marries the lady who cost him all this trouble and attendance, he shuts 

her up for life: If not, she becomes the object of his eternal hatred, 

and he too frequently endeavors to revenge by poison the success of his 

happier rival. 

 

In one circumstance relating to courtship, the Italians are said to be 

particular. They protract the time as long as possible, well knowing 

that even with all the little ills attending it, a period thus employed 

is one of the sweetest of human life. 

 

A French lover, with the word sentiment perpetually in his mouth, seems 


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