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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

Mariani[402] has very fully described a case of erotico-religious insanity 

(climacteric paranoia on an hysterical basis) in a married woman of 44. 

During the early stages of her disorder she inflicted all sorts of 

penances upon herself (fasting, constant prayer, drinking her own urine, 

cleaning dirty plates with her tongue, etc.). Finally she felt that by her 

penances she had obtained forgiveness of her sins, and then began a stage 

of joy and satisfaction during which she believed that she had entered 

into a state of the most intimate personal relationship with Jesus. She 

finally recovered. Mariani shows how closely this history corresponds with 

the histories of the saints, and that all the acts and emotions of this 

woman can be exactly paralleled in the lives of famous saints.[403] 

 

 

 

The justice of these comparisons becomes manifest when we turn to the 

records that have been left by holy persons. A most instructive record 

from this point of view is the autobiography of Soeur Jeanne des Anges, 

superior of the Ursulines of Loudun in the seventeenth century.[404] She 

was clever, beautiful, ambitious, fond of pleasure, still more of power. 

With this, as sometimes happens, she was highly hysterical, and in the 

early years of her religious life was possessed by various demons of 

unchastity and blasphemy with whom for many years she was in constant 

struggle. She fell in love with a priest of Loudun, Grandier, a man whom 

she had never even seen, only knowing of him as a powerful and fascinating 

personality at whose feet all women fell, and she imagined that she and 

the other nuns of her convent were possessed through his influence. She 

was thus the cause of the trial and execution of Grandier, a famous case 

in the annals of witchcraft. In her autobiography Soeur Jeanne describes 

in detail how the demons assailed her at night, appearing in lascivious 

attitudes, making indecent proposals, raising the bed-clothes, touching 

all parts of her body, imploring her to yield to them, and she tells how 

strong her temptation was to yield. On one night, for instance, she 

writes: "I seemed to feel someone's breath, and I heard a voice saying: 

'The time for resistance has gone by, you must no longer rebel; by putting 

off your consent to what has been proposed you will be injured; you cannot 

persist in this resistance; God has subjected you to the demands of a 

nature which you must satisfy on occasions so urgent.' Then I felt impure 

impressions in my imagination and disordered movements in my body. I 

persisted in saying at the bottom of my heart that I would do nothing. I 

turned to God and asked Him for strength in this extraordinary struggle. 

Then there was a loud noise in my room, and I felt as if someone had 

approached me and put his hand into my bed and touched me; and having 

perceived this I rose, in a state of restlessness, which lasted for a long 

time afterward. Some days later, at midnight, I began to tremble all over 

my body as I lay in bed, and to experience much mental anxiety without 

knowing the cause. After this had lasted for some time I heard noises in 

various parts of my room; the sheet was twice pulled without entirely 

uncovering me; the oratory close to my bed was upset. I heard a voice on 

the left side, toward which I was lying. I was asked if I had thought over 

the advantageous offer that had been made to me. It was added: 'I have 

come to know your reply; I will keep my promise if you will give your 


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