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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

in his elaborate study of the play-instinct, has reached the same 

conclusion. So far from being the mere heartless play by which a 

woman shows her power over a man, Groos points out that coquetry 

possesses "high biological and psychological significance," being 

rooted in the antagonism between the sexual instinct and inborn 

modesty. He refers to the roe, who runs away from the stag--but 

in a circle. (Groos, _Die Spiele der Menschen_, 1899, p. 339; 

also the same author's _Die Spiele der Thiere_, pp. 288 _et 

seq._) Another example of coquetry is furnished by the female 

kingfisher (_Alcedo ispida_), which will spend all the morning in 

teasing and flying away from the male, but is careful constantly 

to look back, and never to let him out of her sight. (Many 

examples are given by Buechner, in _Liebe und Liebesleben in der 

Tierwelt_.) Robert Mueller (_Sexualbiologie_, p. 302) emphasizes 

the importance of coquetry as a lure to the male. 

 

"It is quite true," a lady writes to me in a private letter, 

"that 'coquetry is a poor thing,' and that every milkmaid can 

assume it, but a woman uses it principally in self-defence, while 

she is finding out what the man himself is like." This is in 

accordance with the remark of Marro, that modesty enables a woman 

"to put lovers to the test, in order to select him who is best 

able to serve the natural ends of love." It is doubtless the 

necessity for this probationary period, as a test of masculine 

qualities, which usually leads a woman to repel instinctively a 

too hasty and impatient suitor, for, as Arthur Macdonald remarks, 

"It seems to be instinctive in young women to reject the 

impetuous lover, without the least consideration of his 

character, ability, and fitness." 

 

This essential element in courtship, this fundamental attitude of pursuer 

and pursued, is clearly to be seen even in animals and savages; it is 

equally pronounced in the most civilized men and women, manifesting itself 

in crude and subtle ways alike. Shakespeare's Angelo, whose virtue had 

always resisted the temptations of vice, discovered at last that 

 

"modesty may more betray our sense 

Than woman's lightness." 

 

"What," asked the wise Montaigne, "is the object of that virginal shame, 

that sedate coldness, that severe countenance, that pretence of not 

knowing things which they understand better than we who teach them, except 

to increase in us the desire to conquer and curb, to trample under our 

appetite, all that ceremony and those obstacles? For there is not only 

matter for pleasure, but for pride also, in ruffling and debauching that 

soft sweetness and infantine modesty."[14] The masculine attitude in the 

face of feminine coyness may easily pass into a kind of sadism, but is 

nevertheless in its origin an innocent and instinctive impulse. Restif de 

la Bretonne, describing his own shame and timidity as a pretty boy whom 

the girls would run after and kiss, adds: "It is surprising that at the 

same time I would imagine the pleasure I should have in embracing a girl 

who resisted, in inspiring her with timidity, in making her flee and in 

pursuing her; that was a part which I burned to play."[15] It is the 

instinct of the sophisticated and the unsophisticated alike. The Arabs 

have developed an erotic ideal of sensuality, but they emphasize the 


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