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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
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recorded, was liable to such accidents: a statement which, at all events, 

shows that to the Greek mind there was nothing derogatory in such an 

occurrence.[231] The Jews, however, regarded it as an impurity,[232] and 

the same idea was transmitted to the Christian church and embodied in the 

word _pollutio_, by which the phenomenon was designated in ecclesiastical 

phraseology.[233] According to Billuart and other theologians, pollution 

in sleep is not sin, unless voluntarily caused; if, however, it begins in 

sleep, and is completed in the half-waking state, with a sense of 

pleasure, it is a venial sin. But it seems allowable to permit a nocturnal 

pollution to complete itself on awaking, if it occurs without intention; 

and St. Thomas even says "_Si pollutio placeat ut naturae exoneratio vel 

alleviatio peccatum non creditur_." 

 

Notwithstanding the fair and logical position of the more 

distinguished Latin theologians, there has certainly been a 

widely prevalent belief in Catholic countries that pollution 

during sleep is a sin. In the "Parson's Tale," Chaucer makes the 

parson say: "Another sin appertaineth to lechery that cometh in 

sleeping; and the sin cometh oft to them that be maidens, and eke 

to them that be corrupt; and this sin men clepe pollution, that 

cometh in four manners;" these four manners being (1) languishing 

of body from rank and abundant humors, (2) infirmity, (3) surfeit 

of meat and drink, and (4) villainous thoughts. Four hundred 

years later, Madame Roland, in her _Memoires Particulieres_, 

presented a vivid picture of the anguish produced in an innocent 

girl's mind by the notion of the sinfulness of erotic dreams. She 

menstruated first at the age of 14. "Before this," she writes, "I 

had sometimes been awakened from the deepest sleep in a 

surprising manner. Imagination played no part; I exercised it on 

too many serious subjects, and my timorous conscience preserved 

it from amusement with other subjects, so that it could not 

represent what I would not allow it to seek to understand. But an 

extraordinary effervescence aroused my senses in the heat of 

repose, and, by virtue of my excellent constitution, operated by 

itself a purification which was as strange to me as its cause. 

The first feeling which resulted was, I know not why, a sort of 

fear. I had observed in my _Philotee_, that we are not allowed to 

obtain any pleasure from our bodies except in lawful marriage. 

What I had experienced could be called a pleasure. I was then 

guilty, and in a class of offences which caused me the most shame 

and sorrow, since it was that which was most displeasing to the 

Spotless Lamb. There was great agitation in my poor heart, 

prayers and mortifications. How could I avoid it? For, indeed, I 

had not foreseen it, but at the instant when I experienced it, I 

had not taken the trouble to prevent it. My watchfulness became 

extreme. I scrupulously avoided positions which I found specially 

exposed me to the accident. My restlessness became so great that, 

at last I was able to awake before the catastrophe. When I was 

not in time to prevent it, I would jump out of bed, with naked 

feet on to the polished floor, and with crossed arms pray to the 

Saviour to preserve me from the wiles of the devil. I would then 

impose some penance on myself, and I have carried out to the 


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