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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
INDEX OF AUTHORS

can ever serve her God with that unfeignedness which she did aforetime. 

For I have heard it argued by many who, in their young days, had been in 

love that, when they were in the church, the condition and the pleasing 

melancholy in which they found themselves would infallibly set them 

brooding over all their tender love-sick longings and all their amorous 

passages, when they should have been attending to the service which was 

going on at the time. And such is the property of this mystery of love 

that it is ever at the moment when the priest is holding our Saviour upon 

the altar that the most enticing emotions come." After narrating the 

history of two queens beyond the seas who indulged in amours even on Holy 

Thursday and Good Friday, at midnight in their oratories, when the lights 

were put out, he concludes: "Every woman in love is more liable to fall in 

church or at her devotion than at any other time." 

 

The connection between religious emotion and sexual emotion was very 

clearly set forth by Swift about the end of the seventeenth century, in a 

passage which it may be worth while to quote from his "Discourse 

Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit." After mentioning that 

he was informed by a very eminent physician that when the Quakers first 

appeared he was seldom without female Quaker patients affected with 

nymphomania, Swift continues: "Persons of a visionary devotion, either men 

or women, are, in their complexion, of all others the most amorous. For 

zeal is frequently kindled from the same spark with other fires, and from 

inflaming brotherly love will proceed to raise that of a gallant. If we 

inspect into the usual process of modern courtship, we shall find it to 

consist in a devout turn of the eyes, called _ogling_; an artificial form 

of canting and whining, by rote, every interval, for want of other matter, 

made up with a shrug, or a hum; a sigh or a groan; the style compact of 

insignificant words, incoherences, and repetitions. These I take to be the 

most accomplished rules of address to a mistress; and where are these 

performed with more dexterity than by the _saints_? Nay, to bring this 

argument yet closer, I have been informed by certain sanguine brethren of 

the first class, that in the height and _orgasmus_ of their spiritual 

exercise, it has been frequent with them[388]; ... immediately after 

which, they found the _spirit_ to relax and flag of a sudden with the 

nerves, and they were forced to hasten to a conclusion. This may be 

farther strengthened by observing with wonder how unaccountably all 

females are attracted by visionary or enthusiastic preachers, though never 

so contemptible in their _outward mien_; which is usually supposed to be 

done upon considerations purely spiritual, without any carnal regards at 

all. But I have reason to think, the sex hath certain characteristics, by 

which they form a truer judgment of human abilities and performings than 

we ourselves can possibly do of each other. Let that be as it will, thus 

much is certain, that however spiritual intrigues begin, they generally 

conclude like all others; they may branch upwards toward heaven, but the 

root is in the earth. Too intense a contemplation is not the business of 

flesh and blood; it must, by the necessary course of things, in a little 

time let go its hold, and fall into _matter_. Lovers for the sake of 

celestial converse, are but another sort of Platonics, who pretend to see 


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