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Senator of the Kingdom of Italy A translation of of Love text The Physiology from the Italian American-Neo-latin New York. Y. . Professor Paolo Mantegazza Founder Pathology. of the and General of Anthropology in first Museum Ethnology and of Anthropology Italy. Dr. Library N.The Book Love of By Prof.

was Italian physiologist in 1831." where His have have books most Europe. founded in He from to first and Museum Anthropology Anthropological in and Ethnology Society. The Physiology "Elements of Sorrow. "Human are "Head.PAOLO MANTEGAZZA." popular into almost in Nature. and In at surgeon Pathology Professor Superiori. Mantegazza authorities with most the greatest European Italian writers. Professor he was 1870 the nominated of Anthropology He Istituto the Italy. -latin by Library ." (Human etc. Copyright. the for 1876." Hygiene." Ecstasies. as ' ' subsequently is the author of being many " the well " known Physiology "Pictures works. and the brilliant U -rifei. of The of of Pleasure. and America. every they and been reached ranks translated an language Paolo medical enormous circulation. The American -Neo 19 17. and He anthropologist. He Italian Monza deputy to the Italian1 Parliament elected 1865 Senate. of Milan at Hospital Pavia. was di Studii Florence. travelled He was born in at Monza India at extensively appointed of General Europe.

.i Evil Sources Love in The First Weapons of Love " Courtship . . The Depths and the Heights Love of Love . .\v i^rN. .CONTENTS CAGE roduction: fIXTR" CHAPTER ter General Physiology of Love .. 107 118 ix Sublime Puerilities of .. 133 C3 ] . 89 "^ii How viii Love is Preserved and How It Dies \ . 64 iv Modesty 72 v The Virgin 79 Voluptuousness vi Conquest and . " .. y Morning Crepuscules of of Love " Good pm^^es^ \_4. . ^---^ i Love in Plants and Animals 29 The . 94 . . "-" Boundaries the of Love " Their Relations to 122 Senses Their Relations of Love Boundaries tjtfi Other Sentiments Jealousy " to .

219 xxi Covenants of 227 C4] . .CONTENTS CHAPTER PACK .-Their Relations to Thought H5 in Chastity Love Love its Relations to Love . . 211 xx and of . . . Boundaries of Love" ^xii xin . 155 Xiv in Sex Age 158 v xv and '65" xvi Love of in Relation Ways of to Temperaments " " the Loving 175 186 Love xvii The The The The The Hell of Love xviii Degradations of 198 xix Faults Rights and Crimes Duties Love of Love Love . . .

it is as if. outward appearance. of the mind is it to think of the immense n s 3 . discloses to the minds and infinite of the elect the flowery slopes of an unknown or on kill sentiment. . while our ism.FOREWORD Mantegazza is to Physiology is to Astronomy what Flammarion The two great masters head a brilliant galaxy of writers on natural phenomena modern who draw their material from science and mould it in an esthetic form. which. by irresistible love of creation. but.their having once satisfiedtheir scientificcuriosity as to physical had been fascinated and inspired and human phenomena. Science and Poetry. to their they proceed to an ideal synthesis in which the various elements retain their substance. And thus. I dare say. barren of idealScience would teach us that she herself does not benumb reaction the contrary. To the uninitiated is loved in the infinity of our sentiment. So it must be that those who have attained a high place in intellectual life will gladly replace the old conception of intense and more with a new physical and human phenomena representation. measured in the finitude of our reason. After the most minutest skilfulanalysis of the scientificelements components. yet change It seems as if these elect minds. and rising above the facts to the evanescent and laws of nature and melodious world in a harmonious of imagination. gravitate toward a life of facts and order. they offer us their work unity of two seemingly opposite and irreconcilable elements an " the real and the ideal. mind most beautiful is the representation of the sun in the image drawn of Phcebus crossing the heavens in his flaming chariot beautiful for the intellectual by fiery horses . world of wonders and sentiment. but still more body of fire. by a generous law of to generation seems and equilibrium.

conintegral part of or unconsciously created by us. in millions of men at the same time. gives us a work in which are and the poetical conceptions tion the scientificfoundaunited in such wealth c 6 a . the origin and the development of the sentiment which underlies the into principal phenomena of human existence. but immensely more poetical is the sciously conception of a telepathic force within us. distant person. more larger than the earth. By a new no and yet which we Mantegazza human conception of love.THE BOOK OF than than a LOVE a a energy darting from a star more distant from our planet. an our cate psychical organism. and by which we instantly communiover hills and dales. made of us. Poetical is the vision of a goddess of Olympus descending to earth unknown. our and carrying to a man asleep the message or the image of a dear. in a The gazza. powerful and antagonistic. more less poetical than the classic representations to have been accustomed from times immemorial. from the clutches of classic literature. The impersonation of hatred and love by Fury and Cupid is much less poetical than the conception of an explosion of psychical forces. task of dealing with the natural history. oceans and deserts. which came being with the first twilight of organic life.stripped him of all his tinsel and garments. with another human harbeing whose spirit is moniously attuned to ours. and revealed him as part" flesh and blood of way. mountains and valleys.and which indissolubly binds together the individuals and the generations. and yet than hundred hundred million miles million times millions of other unknown to star millions of times smaller naked eye celestial bodies to our most powerful telescopes. to have been reserved to the seems genius of Paolo Mantemasterly inimitable. and whose existence and fantastic speed in the space of the heavensare divined only by the abstraction of our faculties in an infiniterepresentation of the laws of physics. He has way unimitated and snatched Love from the Olympus of the gods of old. and with this great he subject dealt in a man. more rational.

skilfully and lavishly drawing upon all the resources guage. It is a daring deed. and possibly incur the imputation of exoticism. approache his field not with a hoe or a plow to scratch the surface of the ground. In the pursuit of his aim. unlike countless love writers and poets. carried by enthusiasm in the innermost research of facts and by admiration for the beauty of his Mantegazza has subject. Such is the translation of a beautiful Book of Love offered to the American public at a time when all the evil passions the world. races may deepen. is incomparably superior to our best fiction. but with a powerful drill that penetrates into the lowest strata of the earth and reveals its deepest terrestrial composition.FOREWORD of colors and harmonies that its reading. while time and evolution relegate the In striking contrast human to race of the most fearful cataclysms of the memory tuting elements constithe icy page of history. as subtlety and the original language of the book has lanthan the English guage artistic abandon Rather than run the risk of betraying would allow. Love life cannot human long as the laws of affinity and will continue to exist as being at his birth and by the human procreation seize the him even after his death. either the substance or the representation of the author's idea. hatred among furexpand or be altogether eliminated. the world . of the Italian lanThe task of the translator has thus been made doubly more difficult. often it has been preferred to sacrifice the turn of the English phrase to that of the corresponding Italian. discoveries and events. The evolution of matter dominate intensified or disappear from struggle for life may become classes. nations. and degradations of hatred are unleashed over mind today. used all the wealth of his literary training. both in the literary and the philosophical field. the fundamental be changed or destroyed. rich with true and romantic charm. with the trend of the human of a what a meager chance is awaiting the contemplation with a bond sentiment whose mission is to tie all humanity of affection ! And yet. Mantegazza. passions may gain .and it opens a new horizon to the idealization of human feelings.

deceitful. a miser. when. kind. our the and the joys. livid. at once proud. and weak. proudly throbs of our heart. Occasion. among the ruins of the mountains and of the dead woods. procreatorand prince of all affections. clasped together in the supreme fate of creation. the sweetest ecstasies of our despairs. Be. generous. fair. our tears our or in shame. a king and cruel. in all virtues rich and in all sins. our crimes. up to the very in the words man of the and one woman. highest aspirations of soul. or humanity control them . Er.with glassy eyes shall see the last sun descend forever. Time. in the words of Shelley. our threshold of the great oblivion. innermost we shall always lay. ' ' Fate. Chance All things are subject and Change. our convulsions. and. to these but eternal Love. avaricious. C8] . in the wake of the departing warmth. of the extenuated race one lone mind. poet.THE BOOK OF LOVE may learn td ther ascendancy over humanity." At the feet of him.

snatch morsel now and then from conceal it love as a as a the flesh of the great god. a Poets. has appealed great and worthy undertaking. know it too often only through stealth and shame. and element of health for the to me individual and for the generations. legislators. Surrounded lized and hypocrisy. . To study which races phenomenon a gigantic power among various moulds and itself in ways an in various epochs. artists. and hurry away precious booty of forbidden of life. as thousand as a to fruit. philosophers. The as a Author.civi- by a triple forest of men mystery prejudice.TO I have THE READER powerful and at conceived love to be the most time the least studied of human the same affections.

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one C13] .the more I am Convinced that this definition faithfully depicts the most striking characteristics of years ago come to life. and die on the face of our planet. and that whirlwind which absorbs and which so rejects. real genesis. assimilates new atoms and repels old ones. We generate children similar day. But in one of our an entire organism. reducing life to its simplest and most essential form. offspring we see re: this is the reproduction On the other hand.INTRODUCTION GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY OF LOVE I wrote that to live means nutrition and generation. I wished stillfurther to simplify my idea. to reproduction of an organ. but before dying it has the power of reproducing the form that has made it capable of living. from bacteria to man. betraying the truth.white corpuscles every Nutrition is a generate hair.grow all creatures which. a new takes its place: this is the man. and in the great chemical laboratory of living beings we have at all times before our eyes the reproduction of histologicalelements of organs and individuals. and which clearly represents the eternal picture of life in all its faithful representation of manifestations. Every living body is perishable. repeated of an a mole which within an is on our nose organ organism. and the deeper I cast the sounding-line into the dark abysses of life. I would say without fear of Many. epithelia. If. We lose hair. however. epithelia and and yet every day we leucocytes: this is an evexy-day generation in the body of one A nail fallsoff. is also the most every form of generation. ourselves: this is the reproduction of the true generation. that to live means to generate.

so that the live molecules of yesterday dead today . mum vivens which. passing from one organism to anlife. Evanescence of forms is one of livingbeings. of a race. living among beings with each other a part of their own matter other. seaweeds live on mushrooms. simple or- live without a continual protoplasm cannot exchange of matter. The most and. species. and man.THE race BOOK OF LOVE generates another race.true organisms within greater ones. To feed themselves and to generate. but of these small individuals generates within itself The world many cells. Cells generate cells. of a species. by scission. species. and here we see a broader genesis by which from the reproduction erating of a cell through another cell we gradually pass to the genof an organ. of us in turn contributes to the work of apparent destruccalled nutrition. in the last analysis. On the to acquire new seems energy and new hand. organs.orders. nobody can tell what most genesis of atoms it induces within its own The mysterious ganism. of an individual. which are the individuals . the cell. the true prisince at a lower stage we find the protoplasm. and of the most we give the essential characteristics name of death to D43 . remoulding their primitive forms. by nourishing itself. The world of living beings is a gigantic tree and from its trunk shoot forth the branches of classes. On the other hand. organs. males and females in continuous succession interchange part of their matter. An intimate brotherhood makes us members the placenta of living beings. and of one great organism " matter which each ourselves we exchange the same tion. on elementary form of lifeis not. generates the individual. each one generation. which. partakes of all. sant incesof living beings is but a great laboratory of prolific. therefore nutrition also. designated as generation. On the branches leaves grow. the highest branch of the tree of living beings. and those which are alive today will be dead are tomorrow . however. one species another species . and to that of reproduction.species.is an intimate and very mysterious generation. herbivorous feed herbs. one carnivorous animals are continually exchanging devour herbivorous.

is unwittingly sacrificedby the laws of nature. Man.and this may seem. To be born and to die fecundity and mortality are so closely connected with each other that we can consider them Apart from the manner " " as the action differentaspects of the same phenomenon. One would say that the life of an individual is only a moment of the great life of the species. there is an amount of life which passes away. did not struggle among themselves. at first whimsical.of the kingdoms of living beings . which often produce a secretive substance and fall with it. more alike must obey. fact. there is a certain glance. and destruction mows at the same as Ci53 .oaks and mushrooms If the individual is protected and possesses preservative. while it is governed by the laws of preservation. in and irresistible cases the individual sacrificeshimself congreat many sciously. also. the of species has a hundred bulwarks.INTRODUCTION the falling of every leaf from the tree of life. living beings generate so profusely that one species pansion. down the excessive time. When the dangers for the individuals generated increase measure. which men and infusoria.passing from one organism to another. a thousand manners In means of protection than are needed. This is the most general principle and includes all possible kinds of generation. Before dying. of the classes. if this preserve the species !" Such is the eternal cry of nature. it is a spark which shoots off intermittently. in which life is transmitted.cells. Powerful a is the tendency to generate. or provided that before death he transmit life to others. "Let the individual perish. reproduction increases beyond and reaction of life. most amount of fecundity. a part of the preexisting form animate remains to rethe dead form and follows in its turn the parabolical cycle through which the mother form has passed. drops some leaves of these every day" hair. safeguard.instincts and defensive organs. epithelia. like the circlescaused on the smooth surface of a lake by a handful of sand thrown upon it by a child. from that of scission to the highest form of sexual genesis. alone would pervade the earth if the various circles of exfalling in with each other.

If danger is reckoned as a constant quantity.the entire species would die of hunweek. And on the other hand. they would all be deof mice were before another generation could be born.and does consist of two factors (faculty tain individual life and power to multiply it) factors . Now longer proportionate to the new-born. these inasmuch as but vary in opposite directions. the duration of life tablish and the various degrees of fecundity serve in turn to reesIf the reproduction the equilibrium by Other ways. which Herbert Spencer read in the great book of nature. is littlefitto resist danger. through its simple organization. which. If the individual. would ever attain that age. then parasites and in enemies of the over-expanded species. intricate.THE BOOK OF LOVE it is food that is no number of those which are born. the problem would. however. This most simple and sublime law. is much more If all species were equally prolificand had a life of equal length.be reduced to a question of space and food. not one of them. In order that an organic form be preserved. capacity for resistance should be equal in to mainall species. surviving all dangers.it should then diminish its fecundity proportionately. but. If. on the contrary. The and the protective balance. stroyed as slow as that of man. The Malthusian problem. as well as the highest and most man complex phenomena of hulove.generating intensely. cannot Ci63 . reestablish the equilibrium. mutually. perhaps.simpler and better known. it must countervail this weakness with reaction. in fact. and even if they could live fifteen or sixteen years. Now these forces must vary inversely. is one of those that rule with the most inflexibl tyranny the elementary phenomena of reproduction. should oxen multiply in the same ger proportion as infusoria. as happens with many other forces. increasing destructive forces turn. high qualities give it a great capacity in a for self-protection. on the contrary. the individual must preserve itself and generate other individuals.

" The Separation two independent. Another microscopic animal can produce 1 70. The Paramecium the entozoon of an insect lays 8. and Eschricht reckoned at 64. and. who requires the third part of his average life to reproduce himself. and after nine long he sees is worse. This is the most simple [17] .000. made form of genesis. process of multiplication is not scissiparous.000 the number of eggs in the adult female of an Ascaris lumbriGordius " " coides.435.in which generator. If.000 individuals in four days. A young Gonium.000 individuals.INTRODUCTION In the Diatomacece the fecundity by scission is gigantic: Smith reckoned that a single gnat could create a thousand million individuals in one month. In other cases. and then. from the minute microscopic creatures exposed to every if.000 eggs in twenty-four hours. erative general physiology of love. by scission. what down before they are able to half of his offspring mowed bear flower and seed.000. dealing here with the with forms as in generation. And above the elephant you find a giant of thought.000. months generates one child only . will reduce all the various genforms to these few : The individual disseversinto or Scission.produce in the course month 268. after a long gestation.four hours.from these danger and which consume matter very little in your living atoms of which you could gather as many " earth.000. and each of these. hands as there are men on produces but one offspring. capable of scission after twenty. you have there a giant of fleshthat requires thirty years of its life to become fecund. the but endogenous.000.000 eggs in less than a day. Man.456 individuals equal to itself. can produce in a week 268. since ture in no other function has been so inexhaustibly rich but we. a of a would. but the reproduction is always extraoras with the Volvox. An African termite lays 80. If all the individuals generated should survive. dinary. reproduces the parts. you pass to the elephant. namethods of transmitting life are manifold.

but merges into them. perfect organbut in every case these are always elements evolved tive within the generator through special organs. as fecundatory paranymphs.THE BOOK OF LOVE distinct from the other the function of reproduction is not functions. which is sterilein itself. of Dioecious Sexual Generation. the other the fecundating element. produces A duplex a seed which cannot " fix themselves each upon a single individual. of an individual that generated. destroying its are dissolves in its offspring." Within an individual many parent generates through special organs and without "The dissolving in its offspring. and creature: two individualities. own individuality. Man loves in twain . but if both do not come in contact. generating elements. insects. and. the genMonoecious Sexual Generation. the father and the mother. seeds. like the other superior animals akin to him. Strange to observe. we behold an individual that generates an egg which cannot be fecundated by that individual's seed. resolves these problems a most singular generation. and. but although. Endogenesis. erative becomes complicated and divides into two laboratory so " parts. however. We have be of any service to the egg. yet in his inmost tistoo. The individuals generated and isms. the generating organs. The individual by itself alone generates other individuals. prepares destined for the element the reproduction of the individual . viduals other indiformed. The genera- function is already marked and distinctin a laboratory dividual of the elements of the inwhich detaches and prepares some that they may reproduce it. A step higher. Finally. embrace of two hermaphrodites which interlace a quadruple love. the sum of the male and the female. and the appearance of winds. one of which brings forth the egg. he presents a dioecious sexual generation. the parent opens. for its own account. but one produces of the therefore. must combine with the by such union they may produce the new other. the new being is not the sexes quite distinct. separated from the generator are eggs. Each. separate and 1"1 . or birds.but enclosed within a single individual.

and again two organs in separate individuals. while. While the pathology of love. in the same distinctionsbetween platonic and sensual loves and in the we most daring polygamies of soul and senses perceive in the distance other lights which disclose to the horizon of new some generative possibilities. an organ of the individual. like the amoeba. recognize in man the two distinct and woman than ever laboratories which prepare the seed and the human egg.and presents in this regard the remains also of the elementary forms of life enclosed within him. from the most eleall the phenomena from to the most the simplest motion of complex. organs are brought through all the forms of generation laws by which nature rules the same Gradually new forces appear and new manifest. we and scattered all through the mass of our body the faculty to generate. In the many forms of genesis. then again two organs in the same individual.INTRODUCTION he also possesses the endogenous genesis and the genesis by scission. shows the last declining remains of a promiscuous her- imagination. sues we In this rapid course delineated the see forth to represent the subdivision of First. and The positive with opposite motion generate the equilibrium. in an uninterrup chain of facts. in many cases of lasciviousmaphrodit ness. the highest of all living have in our protoplasm creatures. D93 .then perhaps the firstorigins of love will be sought in the elementary physics of dissimilar atoms which endeavor to find each other and combine. a molecule to the flash of the most sublime genius. it is the whole individual that generates. us more a forerunner of science.the unity of the plan is more other functions. and we. then work. sexes causes to divine that in more complex creatures may be than two. When the science of the future will permit our posterity to connect mentary of nature. of them reaching and monstrous as base and brutal as the most the suprasensibleand some us repelling atavic regressions. and generation presents a deeper subdivision manner as in the cynical or skeptical of work.

There is only one definition for scienceFXbve is the energy which must bring in contact the egg can with" the seed. is not the union of those two molecules.new equilibriums her forces and. powerful as to oppose and even that is. to the matter kindle and reardor? Do we not perceive a rejuvenate the torch of life? particular motion. bodies are formed. notwithstanding And in the all the adverse forces of heaven and earth? manner same as the molecule of potassium snatches the oxygen away from water with a great development of light and heat.THE BOOK OF LOVE electric body seeks the negative. accumulates as centers such energy in the nervous eventually to bring the masculine element in contact with the feminine. by infinite glittering of flames and pandemonium of physical and psychical forces accumulating. heat conjunctions. the preservation of the individual. rethat Nature renews obtained. which we call man and woman. m6tion represents the narrow lifeof the movement That forward C203 . the acid seeks the base. originated in the ovary and in the testis. it seems juvenescing. so that the generative gemmulae produced in the slow laboratory of two different organisms reunite in that nest which egg must The is the maternal transform into a A womb and where human being. accompanied by a hurricane of passion. and while each individual rotates. battling and equilibrating are around that point where a man and a woman attracted human toward each other. and in these with great development of light. by flashes of genius. it is carried forward a with a movement hundred times more irresistible and powerful through space The first and time. dated the fecun- poet and the metaphysician may define love in whatever manner they choose. And atoms herself for new combinations and new is not love perhaps the combination of two dissimilar which seek each other and combine. new and electricity. prepares loves. without be no ovary and without testis there lover"} which is called generation is so destroy the minor motion.

generated in another of two When laboratory. too great similarity why we may and too great dissimilarity. of the same in line. Should we try to couple them. is nothing but a laboratory which attracts the elements generated by every element of the organism. that is. That is the reason a woman see with a mustache. species in nature. instead. inor affinitive classes. If in individuals closely resembling each other. and encloses and preserves them in itselfin order to pour them into the bosom of other elements. cousins. The most superficial study of the generative function is to convince us that love is always a phenomenon sufficient of high chemistry. or study their in beings spontaneous loves. if we pass to different species. therefore. the second is the great life of the species.INTRODUCTION individual and is protected by egotism. in order to combine. atrophied breasts and deep moves : they do not generate voice remain sterilewith a robust man because they have too close a resemblance. we stillwill formation probably have fecundity. if we pass to different genera it will in most cases become impossible. and let us. orders. and love defends it. take from of the living a handful of animals. we would find cases of sterility too similar and in beings too dissimilar. similar but not equal. we combine the generative elements. in the order of their degrees place them of similarity. it is probable that the diversity of their gemmulas is greater. must be neither too similar nor too dissimilar. But let us set aside the words and genera. genera. in which the generating atoms. Sex. our museums the world that we may let us have not the same value as we assign to them in and in our books.generation these two opposite poles. nephews. haphazard. at first thought. the sex generative elements. while. but in two distinct laboratories. That is the rea- between C21] . but of different races. the two generative laboratories are separated in two distinct organisms. so and dividua gather together brothers. No sooner has same the manifested itselfin animals than we have in individual. which. difficult fecundity will be more . appears to us as one of the deepest mysteries of life. the opposite sex. which.

date in fecundation. a greater possibility of living An individual is the sum and resistingexternal enemies. tions generain that form and nature which are the fruit of a long reason. will bring together those adaptations and those creature enjoys the possibilvictories through which the new ity fewer dangers. individuals dissimilar. resistances and have. an and successful battle. in those conditions which a living being has come existence. while two quantities. be neither too similar nor too dissimilar. it is the sum ceptible all of them equal. The fecundity of two different organisms is. when and it in a itself transmits future to certain enemies way.but not enough to impede generation. besides. observe the ardent loves of chlorine and hydrogen. different but susdiverse give a greater number of of being summed. or fecunthat are too similar cannot concur laws of elementary unsatisfactorily. Try the combination of sulphur with phosphorus. Imagine on for a moment except that feeding on meat should be grafted on to organs and tissues C223 . which is the offspring of another that has gained its flesh with herbs. When are useful to their out of the struggles it has yielded to external agents of life." Germs Let us try and discover the reason of this law. of many and Two victories over exterior elements. dissimilar. on the other hand. extremely varied. of potassium and oxygen. Nature too said to living they are beings : " If you wish to love. an of resistances energy bearing in one direction. of resistance and will meet with It is much forms too dissimilar easier to explain why love each other. therefore. and. the result of many infiniteadaptations to the ambient which surrounds it.THE why because son a BOOK OF LOVE : they do not dog and a cat are sterile generate. of iodine with bromine. cannot grow and multiply by feeding herbs.perhaps through the same bodies to repel physics and chemistry which cause other bodies equally electrifiedor with which they have too close a resemblance in their physico-chemical characteristics. Precisely for the same herbivorous animal. This impossibility is one cannot of the most powerful means of preserving the living forms.

and the other left in the library of the philosopher.INTRODUCTION the organs and tissues of an herbivorous animal. Love is such energy the lowest grades of the most automatic instinct it haps ascends to the highest regions of the suprasensible. it toleratesneither subtractions 7 divisions. and you will have a pallid idea of the frontiers which this ardent. to be understood. who in the clutches of death wants be brought to the Louvre to see the Venus of Milo once more. reappear in the high spheres of love. What disorders would not arise ! A fragment of carnivorous animal closed up in an organism which has teeth to chew herbs. We nor alloy. to the juxtaposition of human characters in the nest of love. Love is the sum nor oT~analogous but not identical forces . Think passion called love seeks to conquer. or the so-called physicallove. which in fact resolves itselfin a slow mutation. it is the square of squares. love is simply function which. forming a homogeneous and compact the elementary physics of generation you may jump to the most ardent sympathies. From lafvs step of our studies the same which govern generation. multiform poles. and olfactory nerves which find leaves and flowers delectable! The apparent stabilityof the species. and perdistant no other psychical element reaches to more that from of the shepherd of the high Apennines who loves a to goat. and you will see that the same law rules all and each of these factsx*Neitker too similar too dissimilar. must barone not be barously shatTsee at every mutilated and disrupted so as to have one part of its limbs sent to the laboratory of physiology. metals that can fuse. While in the field of chemical facts generation marks the highest point of molecular chemistry. and of Heine. tenacious. gastric juiceto digest herbs. in the psychological . it is the complement of complements . intestinal tube to assimilate herbs. For us. violent. is nothing therefore but the unavoidable necessity for male and female to pour into the crucible of generation elements that can combine.

whether agamous or sexual. it is always the highest ings. we behold the generated preserve a part of the last or of the firstgenerator. whether we comparison with the father. who occupy the loftiest as To place among the molecules thousands loves. In all forms of generation. every martyrdom and every lewdness. Take as the starting-point the Adam of the Bible or the Adam of progressive evolution. quiver and vibrate passed through thousands and thousands of existences and and thousands of If love is the warmest is also the richest. the clay breathed into by a God or the Darwinian ascidia: each one of us has stillwithin himself a material part belonging to the firstman brotherhood so that an immense all men. it makes its appearance when Love him. by consider the son in scission or by endogenesis. born without gentle feelwe who were except men in every human sky love is the brightest star . every throb of the heart carries its fire. To and the most human of passions. carries Every vice and every virtue. it vanishes when age has weakened it is at the bottom of every desire. it its altar every faculty of the mind its tributes. the forests.THE BOOK OF LOVE fieldlove reaches the loftiestsummits of the ideal. beholding the flowery meadows. sun every horizon of pleasure . the divination of the poet who. the most human. from the firstto the so that the motion communicated last generation is transmitted without interruption. all the living beings which have on this planet. Everything human be carried away in can . and within us. it contemplates a quantity of matter and a quantity of life pass from one to the other of those organisms called individuals. or firstfather of unites all living beings. every shame and every heroism. cries "O Mother Nature!" out with emotion: science answers in accord. strongest. every flower and every fruit. of every firmament. or with far Adam. For every life extinguished a new life is born. Love is is man the force of forces. every balm and every poison may be brought to the temple of love. of all is the joy of joys.on If aim. riches. it is the It is the strongest. the richest of passions.the swarming of animals.

This other lightning. which understands and directs all things. The lightning fear is guided by which prostrates the savage in the dust of nature. gilds the ornaments sphere women and transmits our thoughts from one hemito the other. Our laws canare so perfect that many must not not love. explodes in the hurricanes of C253 . we disguise it with the garments of the buffoon and the prostitute. would seem his knees beas the savage falls on fore and too weakj and just the lightning and weeps. timlaws which he violates every day. too powerful in idly. opprobrious punishments dense fog of a the juries which always cancel. and while we all weep over the few victims of know not how to hunger. and very many love. and ignorance surrounds the temple of love. and we laugh at the millions of celistraw bates titution. and acknowledges his powerlessness and his ignorance. In the delirium of voluptuousness and in the storm of desperation. and as we always as a look love in the face. In his codes he writes. And yet this gigantic force is the least governed of all the It before it man feels too small that passions. which. the civilized today. or flees.INTRODUCTION the whirlwind of love . even man. us on our of the small wire of the conductor. it also must be governed by science. or a flower of its garden. is terrifiedbefore the unexplored hurricane of this sovereign force. also. we shrug our shoulders at the hundreds of thousands who die in celibacy for not having been able to gather the for their nests. he lets himself be carried away by a force which he considers superior to reason. and more than once man regrets that he possesses but one life to offer as a holocaust to this god. more powerful and more dangerous. wretched connubiality of hypocrisy and lechery. which he enters nearly thief and from which he emerges Our legislation on love is a nearly always as an outcast. comparison with his weakness. who know nothing of love save masturbation and prosor less In the presence of love we are stillmore the basest brutishness before the most powerful of savage human forces! Yet love also should be conquered like all other forces of " and without losing a fraction of its energy.

Love should be the dearest. weighed and governed. guided and reduced to a the human live force that can be measured.THE BOOK OF LOVE heart. No other passion can claim supremacy solve the sublime problem where it appears. of transmitting civilization to posterity of combining in the spasm of an embrace. the most powerful of civilized forces. of generating the good of future beings through the joy of the living ones. the most precious. must be studied. no other can the greatest voluptuousness with the greatest virtue. "26] .

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prostitutes us. which disappear with the generation them rise from the corrupt entrails of the that has seen human family. which. and sends us a forms of back with insanity to the bestialOlympus of men with flesh human grafts set on the animal members and of of the According to those most exalted and superson cilious of God. they are the hysterics of thought. was parisons created by modern science. The true metaphysics. also you. something capricious and morbid which. But man does not himself with beings that are he came . by the continual comparison of man and beast. and all adorers of the past cursing every day and every hour the modern mania human things to living beings and call comparing strange aberration of the human mind . and psychology are for these gentlemen nothing but different metaphysicians.CHAPTER LOVE IN PLANTS AND I ANIMALS Arcadians. these are psychic maladies not to be disa new but cured by contempt and ridicule. C29II . brutalizes us. if this word has stillany meaning. are of for anathemas against this absurd and sacrilegious profanation Comparative anatomy. by the boldest comof the simplest things with the most complex. extracts the subtile from the veals subtile. O super-gentlemen. he does not degrade himself by scenting the earth from which you. and under the motley appearance of the form reWe are going to seek the only law that governs them. in the limbus of living beings the crepuscules of the highest head modestly before the Bowing our human things. of the smallest with the greatest. cussed.God. physiology of the man. gentlemen. say we have lower himself by comparing the matrix from which been moulded and which is ever the frame supporting us.

How many treasures of esthetic force in a lily and in a rose ! And all that luxury to do honor to the love of a day.' is around . inexhaustible conception of mechanisms. more loves Nature of plants and of animals. removes the attritionsand through the simplest ways attains her aim. the most exquisite beauty of form. what an interlacement of elements. how many splendors of fancy. nearly always. she simplifiesthe mechanisms. where life reconcentrates its best part to renovate itselfwith a new impetus. One would say are that where the reproductive gemmulae attracted. day. lavishness of artifices. there new and strange energies are the forces of nature appear with the most developed. let us~ return nor neither dejected having known how to read the notes of harmony written in the world of dwarfs and giants. on a spring among the blossoming beds of a garden. and gigantic pomp. to screen' the virginal kiss of an ! anther and a pistil And jumping from the lily and the rose to the summits of the animal world. than that of the fascinating music with a less number could not write more of notes. Nature.THE BOOK OF LOVE simplicity of laws which of forms.after so many comparisons. the love of an hour . But she is not content with the good and the true for generation. seeks the useful and often is satisfiedwith the necessary. the most inebriating seductions of perfume. and. of and a woman. In every other function. the most varied tints of the painter's palette are interwoven. and no other phenomenon of life can resemble that we are first among of generation in profusion of forms. Our pride will find sufficient satisfaction. the most gorgeous luxury. admirable spectacle of nature is more splendid. how many flashes of passion. and all the splendor of a nuptial robe. she exhausts every resource to prepare a feast for the life itself. in realizing govern and control such a wealth to the reality of things. surrounding the nest of love with a large profusion of esthetic elements. a thousand beautiful than human times more industry could produce. to for kiss a a the man make garland Run. It which renews the flower that. fly. feeling with ashamed of ourselves. like an economical housewife. but satisfied that ^^Xb all living beings.

let your your into humid barks the recesses eyes penetrate of the and the mossy labyrinthsof the granite. and single branch of the juniper you will immediately see the air darken with a cloud of fruitful dust. shake boughs of the cypress the severe and of the pine. the glaciers. nocturnal lovers to a thousand more If it is true that a leaf falls from the tree of life every sec- "313 . voluptuous wave. without jealousy blossoming pines. and tinges dust. and in every hour of the day and of the night. always The immovable. in the deepwaves and in the drops of water oozing from of the ocean. itselfall with the amorous in the shade of the And or rancors. diffuse everywhere an amorous. love exists in a thousand ways. plunge feet into the soft. on the wings of with the warm. in every cavern of mountain. in every fissureof rock. while every ray of the moon intimate blandishments. do the winds carry clouds of pollen. the winds and of the insects and in the rays of the sun. love of flowers is mute in the soft perfume of their corollas. the animals interweave their loves. but what a profusion of embraces. and everywhere a warm circumfusion of pollen. every ray of the sun warms and contemplates millions guides the of embraces. in every bed of seaweeds. and the atmosphere is all pervaded inebriating sparks which.LUVii 1JN FLAJNTij AJND ANIMALS among the thousand amorous corollas of the flowers. spores and antheridia will tell your flaming heart that in the world of plants.but in many of them silence does not prevent tender blandishments and fervent embraces. among the perfumes the of corollas and the emeralds of the seaweeds.in every clod of grass.in the somberest darkness of mines and in the infinitesky. many plants. they flame up in the calyx of their loves. Often they love have only once a year . and for miles more and miles they fillthe air with voluptuous murmurs. and among the stamens of the enamored flowers. entire forests love at one time. what a fecundity of pollen and seed! Shake with your hand a or of the blossoming pine. wet carpet of vallisnerias. and the than once wanton rain washes and purifies the atmosphere. always cold. convulsions in their flowers. so that in every part of the globe.

they only protes against the violation of which Man men one of the most tyrannical law and mollusks. women and pistils. cannot evade forms living all the the summarizes s" of nature " C32H . it is the virile element that is always carried there where the germ awaits it.THE BOOK OF LOVE is borr a new gemma ond and dies. bu ether. No sooner has sex made its appearance than the mal quickly distinguishes himself by his aggressive character With few exceptions. if our planet is a vast cemetery. the psychologist finds in the loves of brutes sketchei has gathered under hi nearly all the elements that man No function is more robust wings. adapted than love 1 contemplate the unique type and the infinite legion of it admire a unique conception developed in a thou sand differenttongues. it is the male that seeks. If the anatomist and the physiologist discover in the stud precious material of generation in the various animals some to mark the highest laws of the morphology of the livini beings. then at every moment how many embraces. This is the firstdogma that gov ems the religion of love in the entire world of the living and when all high races look with contempt upon the womai who attacks and the man who flees. for every new and for every gemma born how many loves ! The flowers planted in the groum as the noblest form of the cul cemetery appeal to me of the dead. for. the sum of all the kisses exchanged among the living crea Jures. sexual selection and you will see how many weapons natur has given to males to conquer and keep their mates. wher every atom of time buries an atom that was living once. is of a nothjng. a dream of the ancient poets. conquers keeps the prey. Glance over the pages of Darwin's work oi to forms. Evei in plants. where the mal and female live and die fettered to the spot that saw thei birth. thi earth is all a nest of love. in which every zephyr carries t our ear a sigh of voluptuousness. it is the pollen that goes in search of the ovulum the ovulum that awaits the spark that is to fecundate it In the most simple of animal forms. and the harmony of th perhaps.

amorous practice of various human "battles common are scenes fiery. pigeons of differentbreeds shut up in the same long time. The chaffinch. in a rare whim. of the as in very many Orientals? Have we not in man. Pigeons. nor is death for love an exclusive priviThe few and coarse passions of animals are of man. C333 . holocaust to the altar of generation. from last. may break the vow of fidelity.cruel jealousies and bloody to men lege and brutes .and" that he is precisely the first because under the bark of his individualityall the forces are gathered him. Darwhen kept some place for a Do them. to the secondary the within and the same phenomenon his loves. animals.LOVE IN PLANTS AND ANIMALS that we are frequently tempted to affirm that whatever of human is in him is the greatest synthesis of all the minor forms of the living. even we observe in the psychical elements of intermingled with the most varied breeds. and there was never a bastard among men we not also find among splendid examples and do you not recognize it of the most faithful monogamy as the social basis in almost all the superior races? The antelope of South Africa has up to a dozen mates. men.and those. most splendid and impudent. females who submit to love as to a duty. But than a hundred. all the possibilities of the animals' world? Several fulmineous forms of love which last no longer than the flash of the lightning not infrequently occur among insects kisses are an long-lasting as the cold. all the infiniteforces which he has drawn from the great womb of the living beings and which he has centuplicated with the all carried as a accumulations of his hundred civilizations. of lewdness all the ardors. and males on whom love must be imposed? Have we not libertinism at the very all the side of chastity? Have we not in the world of man lasciviousness. and the Antilope saiga of Asia more have We not the small and hypocritical polygamies of modern society. win quickly returns to the dear nuptial bed of his spouse. and although he the male. of many And temperaments. while man carries to it all the ardors of his rich nature. are seldom unfaithful to their mates.

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falls from in the contests of amorous than once song, more the tree on which he is singing his erotic hymn, smothered by pulmonary a poet beholds the as many apoplexy; just lyre of his genius and the chords of his life break at the feet In the silence of the shady thickets, the nightingale, of a woman. dies with love and fatigue, and exhausted, swoons fortunate rival for having been unable to vanquish a more dreds in melody and strength of notes; and hundreds and hun-

of times, in the somber labyrinths of life,the human lover dies in the battles of an unhappy love, and he too dies because he could not sing louder and sweeter than his rival.
female only; no is coquetry peculiar to the human in the world will ever be the equal of a female canary woman in the wicked art with which she resists the impatient ardors
Nor

of her companion; and the thousand travesties with which in the feminine world a "yes" is concealed under a "no" but pallid imitations of the refined coquetry, the simuare lated flights, bitings and the hundred thousand the amorous

of the cajoleries

world of animals.

As to the estheticelements which nature has lavished upon the loves of living beings, they are such and so many that to depict them or the the richest palette would be insufficient poet's words my
to

describe them.

Here

are

two

pictures from

meager

collection.

in the garden, lying down upon a wall so low that I can voluptuously scent the soft aroma of the earth damped by a storm ; I have no rugs under my body or pillows under head; furrowed a is bed. With my slate, and shining, my hand extended above the wall, I am nipping the one petals
am

I

flower, while with the other I am frightening the ants which hustle about in the sandy path. All at once, two littleshadows, two brown sprites,pass before my eyes and facing in me, the middle of the path. They are two alight, children of heaven, all wings and all beauty; the organs of terrestrial life are reduced to a thread, but a thread that
of
a

lemon

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sucks the nectar from the flowers, and four gigantic wings to conquer the skies. Their hours are numbered ; they must love and die, and nature made them warm and swift for
intense love : organs of

greater than the venter, organs but of beauty greater than the entrails. They are butterflies, I know not their names, and I feel disappointed. I look them for me: around in vain for an entomologist to name
sense
man

does not feel that he possesses a creature unless he has sprinkled it with the ink of his dictionaries. They will die, as far as I am concerned, nameless; and in vain will they
knock

gates of paradise, to enter the place where dear Can you imagine ever and beloved things are remembered. As in having loved a woman whose name you know not?
at the
so it is in love: baptism is the firstand holiest of religion,

sacraments.

But these butterflies love each other without baptism ; they frolicking on the pebbles of the path, and running after are each other. They do not suspect that the greatest tiger of our ing planet is watching them, and that a great lizard is creepthe little wall and turns its head to lips with its forked left and right sullenly, licking its own tongue and anticipating the savory taste of the delicate flesh They are too happy to think of of those pretty creatures. down

slowly from

that surround them; and life and love are flowers which are picked in the midst of hurricanes and battles. They have found a stalk of withered grass which, under the footsteps of many pedestrians and in the sand strewn by the That gardener, has succeeded in living and blossoming.
enemies

microscopic bush is an entire world for those two lovers, and female resorts to it as to a defense against her sweet the little from blows assailantand runs around it like a child who flees by running around a table. But, after a few impatient circumvolut tree and with the lover jumps over that little

A pinch of golden his wings shakes those of his companion. dust spreads through the air, and a slightly spiteful shrug, a voluptuous a rebuff and of quiver close that firstscene female seems love. At times the little about to yield to the impatient embraces of her companion; and when he, with

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the trepid anxiety of him who is about to grasp happiness, is his very close to her and on the point of touching with loved the velvety body of his bepubescent and loving antennae one, she fliestwo yards away, and he after her and The again and again is met with mockery and

cajoleries.

heat increases and the surcharged desire has become as ardent The coquette has turned her back to her as the sun.

opens her wings slowly in order to show the splendor of her gems, her silver^ her velvet, in all their and having shown them, she folds and raises her pomp; wings and instantlyhides all the most splendid dress with
pursuer and

which
less of

nature
a

has made

her

so

beautiful. Nor

is the male

seducer, as with a littlebound, which resembles a flight,he places himself in front of his companion, and in turn opens his wings, showing his thousand colors and the is the impatience charm of his golden eyes. But too restless ever of those two lovers who exchange their firstkisses. Whohas witnessed but once the caresses of two butterflies can certainly imagine how the angels love; but does any planet shelter a human in heaven?
Now
as

creature

that lives with wings

also
near
one

near come to each other, so those two butterflies to jtouch, to kiss with their antennas; then in a wink

bounds upon the other and with a leisurely, sweet, prolonged fondly they kiss each other with their wings. And caress, then they repose, as though they wished to relish the sweetness in caress, of that grand and voluptuous which the wing of the one softly and slowly kisses the silk and velvet of his
companion.
two

How

sweet,

wings which with a each other in a perfect of
nerves

sensual must be the caress of thousand scintillating papilla;touch
in this intermingling

how

juxtaposition, and yet

and velvet do not lose one single speck of that golden dust which adorns them I Many and many a time I saw those happy creatures prance kiss a I time ing each other ; many around and stood with beameye, envying that angelic kiss of two wings. Man may, indeed, envy the butterfly which in its rich loves of glittering inspirationputs to shame our corporeal embraces. Two crea-

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yet clothed, passionate and chaste, that love but once and one creature only, that kiss on earth and unite in the skies; that, inebriated with the nectar of flowers and the rays of the sun, caress each other with their wings and fall in love with such beautiful hues as Titian and Rubens strove in vain to obtain from their art and their chemistry; two

life in a long love and from the that abandon spasms of a leisurely embrace return to nature their bodies extinguished by love!
creatures

After long kisses and many caresses, my two angels exchanged a last,more ardent rebuff,and then away in the sky to relight the torch of lifewhich was soon to be extinguished in them. Sighing, I followed them, now united in a whirling flight, lostin the until they were do we not also love in that way?
azure

of the skies. Why

ii

neighbor's roof the firstrays of the sun have stirred tawny and corroded the tiles, up an infernal racket. Among by the black wartwort, there are some soft cushions of moss, and on the eaves, with edges frayed by rust and twisted by On
my

the alternating of sun and ice, grows some grass that, more frugal than an anchoret and happier than a king, lives on light and dew. On those tiles and on those eaves all the sparrows in the neighborhood have their rendezvous; and, intersprightly, petulant, noisy, they pursue each other, mingle with their wings, and clash, peck, play with their monious littlefeathered bodies. They speak a common and inharto narrate language, but they seem the dreams of the night, and to have many and important things to tell ing; shrieks, another warbles, a third is chirpbecause they have slept well, is still. Happy not one having already forgotten yesterday, and unmindful of today, they are basking their feathers in the firstrays of the sun,
each other.

One

and, beaks hidden under their wings, waging war upon There are some importunate acarus. small and some

some

big.

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without moving from his place. stretches his neck. her and. and.THE The BOOK OF LOVE gray. lo ! among his neighbors he sees a female sparrow. and at short distance they both face and defy each other. the other commands. But the bold lover impatiently flies his insistent. twittering in different voices. they hurl at each to me insolence and derness tenother a world of words which seem time. of a plain gray color. carried into effectthe republic of Plato? But. and frequently the like the prating is so closely intermingled that it seems C38] . She for the ivory hand of a lady to to have been made seems gent hold. the left with an air of indefinable. high-chested than the others. he looks to the right and to And. he is already very close to her. because the pretty littlefemale with a short flightleaves the noisy crowd of her companions and draws near to the edge of the roof. utters a cry of to be a conquest which in force and petulance already seems tionary cry of victory. No young sparrows. at the same the one implores. and the black with slight variations haps of hues indicate. The one whines. delicate and pretty. after her and repeatedly renews petulant cry. a darker chestnut hue. and. thrusting out her loving head from that nest of intelliThe impudent folds that is the hand of a woman. but in this moment themselves together. those dear and happy hypocrisy of compliments. his body. here is neither etiquette of rank nor Have they. no infirmity produces pain in some in others. to the naturalist age and sex. Frequently he stands and more upright on head. perthey are even varieties of species. with an elongated body. but the little female fliesto the roof of the house on the opposite side of the street. lo ! in that crowd of thoughtless. his a child about to have his height measured.vain complacency. the other shrills. happy creatures I behold a sparrow of a deeper black. She has hardly reached it when the male overtakes her. without approaching. It appears to me that in the sparrow's dicsparrow sees that sound must be a word with great significance and important consequences. the coppery. like his small legs. all kindred chattering and enjoying to humiliate one and elate andifference of caste seems other passion of them and com. perhaps.

little bodies come warm brink of the eave. the female concedes the crowning voluptuousness to her companion. a love caught a C39] . and the pretty littlefemale withdraws. a continual clashing succeed each other at brief intervals through the mossy labyrinths of that roof. Fractions of an inch seem to have become infinite space. oh the extreme commingle. and the male is now cided de- prize of victory. Behind her she has not an where projects inch of space left: she must either fly away and lose. who withdraws to a corner of the roof it over the street. and the female raises her voice louder and louder the more at intervals. like a flash of lightning rebuff which seems ardent. But. measured as they are by male and female with steps and leaps . with There. the anxiety to escape and to defend herself from female sincere in that winged little that I almost begin to believe that she does not want to be loved that morning. intimate. to seize the sweet her lover. with short leaps that seem steps he pursues his companion. confused crying. The two her with his beak and shake her with his into contact. flies to the top of the roof. but runs by leaps and flights to peck his companion . or capitulate. looks while the male up at the sun and new to be restored to awaits strength. indifference or vexation? But desire any longer. and a hasty retreat. and a sweet inspiration and attend an over the abyss of space. already tired of so many refusals.LOVE IN PLANTS AND ANIMALS sound of one instrument. why does she And not open her wings and fly away into the infinitesky? if she does not love that too obstinate persecutor. And strength seems him very soon. but does not succeed in drowning so close robust and courageous voice of the lover who is now to her as to touch wings. Already many battles have been fought between the two lovers. her little body suspended over the abyss. But the bickering appears to have fatigued them. why does wanton seems a desires so she call him almost cannot when simulating stand that war he. perhaps. piqued. for the warbling and shrieking begin anew. and as if sliding down on those tiles. Nor is the insolent lover satisfied with his voice. running to an eave. if this be really so. fulmineous love. clash.

amazed and languid . disarranged by the embrace. disclosingto her butterflies in the realm of infiniteand glowing mysteries. the poet. with a adjust second shiver they absorb slowly. the duets of canaries. unique in interlaced around the union of essence. the most varied assumes forms. the sublime embraces More than one maiden had in these pictures of butterflies. tints and in the most singular designs. they rise slowly and stare at each other. the artist. the too obscene intercourses especially from littlegirls. I have rapidly sketched from nature. many loves of living beings may seem Nowhere does Nature embraces.should study with interest the thousand ways in which living beings exchange the germinative gemmulae. more admirable than how to perpetuate life. more more powerful. rich in the wannest In no function does life multiply its forces as in love. lesson of love . doves. ever. canaries. and These two pictures. and hospitable tree their happy some their strength for new The two lovers fall in away they fly to hide in lassitude and to restore new battles and loves. as far as possible. philosopher. of the idiot brutal battles or lascivious or manifest herself inexhaustible. slowly the last quaver of the vanishing voluptuousness. Howof those domestic animals which most resemble us. dren. It is where she teaches the living from the eyes of our chilwell to conceal. the most rigorous morals in the world and the most puritanical modesty would be unable to hide the kisses of doves. corner a C403 . and they would find subjects for profound meditation and a strong incentive to The Only in the eyes of the hypocrite inspiration. which are the queerest phenomena the sexes. with a shiver. and many years before the of nature her first lips of a lover taught her the life in two. then.THE BOOK a OF LOVE swoon. amorous had caused her heart to throb. are only poor specimens from an immense collection. they their feathers. which.

flashes which noiselessly illuminate the clouds and then leave them darker than before." The greatest star shine some sun the most beautiful among all the beautiful things of the skies. tion appear without being invited by the precocious corrupbooks and of neighbors. On the other hand. they shine like serene and palm rays of a light that later will be ardent and disappear. the father of all light. a vague. but sufficient the must day. many years before sex has impressed its deep mark on the organism.CHAPTER MORNING CREPUSCULES AND OF II LOVE OF THE GOOD " EVIL SOURCES LOVE A human does love tive made in rich and powerful natures. mysterious boy toward the attracts the young and chaste sympathy young girl.and I have studied with warm and constant affection first crepuscules watched with religious attention the of that other sun which we are now studying in this book. There. and lasts limpid and adamantine asserts that no when it has been splashed with the mud of social corruption. The is truer. they rise spontaneously in of the heart of the most unconscious innocence . more innocence of childhood sincere and deeper even than is supposed. A vulgar and it coarse every day when malignity repeats a blasphemy They is ever fascinating. They appear and child is ignorant of the secrets of love. one notices a rosy tint lightly projected "There on to warn us: the horizon. C4i. where the sun of the infinite azure of of a low order or of a simple nature feel the energy of that new not sentiment called him development rise within until the of the germinaglands has marked in him the character of the sex and or a woman. like flashes of lightning. of that being a man being the skies is to rise.| .

malignant rabble is wont to doubt of the innocence of others. with an expression of lascivious malice. whom on C42] . as the wicked is to deny all virtue.but that stain does not penetrate into the crystalline nature of the child. steal into that shelters their angel to kiss her bed. beautiful young girlswhom a kind or a cruel nature has destined to arouse at every step of life a desire or a sigh. and she would tell him that she loved him very much. seemed to be the wife of Potiphar and was nothing but this sudden movement of affection between two children of different sex conceals sometimes a true and real passion which has haughty jealousies. often ignore the fact that in the multitude of their adorers babies and who kiss in there are boys so small as to seem secret the flowers that have fallen from their bosoms. her little A reversed world. just or from a In the infantile songs. a jest learned by chance from a maid-servant libertine. I remember . And the impudent as him with kisses. the neck of a littleboy as haughty dark as a pirate. in the noisy and turbulent games which form the delight of the first age. of a chaste Joseph who did not know what woman and in innocent a Lilliputian woman the ardors of a childish who. a future. sand among sympathy tiesthe rosy knot of a nameless affection. of an innocent. suddenly a young a thouboy beholds a littlegirl among a hundred. which time the caricature and the miniature at the same may' seem having seen an angelic of a sublime picture. deliriousjoys. unwitting love. and the spray of a The fountain will be sufficientto wash the trace away. and an instantaneous littlegirl. embrace. However. tears and a history. sighs.THE The BOOK OF LOVE rosy lips of a child may repeat. that she wanted to make of him bridegroom. an angel. a microscopic scene was. like domestic thieves.blonde as an throw her arms around brigand and littlething would as a and rosy as the aurora. who furtively and the littleroom The mysteriously. and he would disdain cover ear of wheat and resent these cajoleries. to " kneel the carpet which that woman treads that woman they already distinguish above all the creatures in the whom they dare already to place on the same level as world.

an had appeared under the pick of the graveantique cameo And a digger. but from burning with a fire of which he himself is ignorant. after a long too far removed insolent. These rosy phantoms. with two blue streamers. And without trying to reach this loftiestsphere of an ideal from our existence. a limpid ray of light had illumined a picture all life and all beauty. hear them mentioned and skeptical when they have only words of contempt and gestures of pity for what pleased to term infantile lullabies to be relegated the horrors of the witches and the caresses among of the And yet how often these fleetingphantoms announce nurse. of the cause of his flush. under those caresses. clumsy kiss on by the tortures of a hundred passions. and certainly the battles of youth often cause them to be forgotten. dying man could link the last kiss of lifewith the first noisy. which gild some ful of the most beautihours of our child-life. a flower carried away by the turbid torrent of years since. in the dusk of the early evening a last rosy flash of sunset awakened a dear memory. on his torments! death-bed. And how often a woman who playfully runs her fingers through the locks of a boy laying his head upon her knees. unconscious. And many. but which is love. loudly. before he knew she was The trembling lips of the even a woman. could press the hand of the only woman he had loved. among that picture was ruins and dust! childish love. reveal a deeply enamored nature they are and and weave the first threads of a long fabric of deliriousjoys Some very.which does not congestion. when the child raises his curly head. how often. buried life hardened many throbbed and old man Before the weary eyes a a little straw hat had passed. the storms of the future. whom he had loved when still ever a child. is unconscious of a littleheart that beats loudly. with slippery memories hearts. but in the depths of the heart what an abyss of dear memories had opened in an instant ! In the night of the past. after having lost faith and love. to last only as long as the seem come from morning twilight.MORNING CREPUSCULES OF LOVE their mother. the soft cheek of a ten-year-old girl. very fortunate mortal. and the heart of an tear ran down his wrinkled face ! C433 .

Ask a precocious rosebud love and they know not why! why it wanted to bloom in March. the equilibrium of opposites. instead of awaiting the warm and voluptuous air of May . the harmony of harthe most gigantic. rises when forth a new want springs under the rod of that magical is transformer which puberty. the most prepotent of the affinities of attraction ! the _J precursory crepuscules of natures most powerful in love. They love soon consumes them. If you ask a boy why he loves a littlegirl. impertinent little beau? Because that littlegirl differsfrom all^he others. Aside from a deep nature. often conceive that conceive at thirty. the recomand irresistible . this sentiment. the complement of dissociated things. on the smooth. from its firstand most indistinct appearance. because that dark lad is unlike any other boy Love. my boy. that little. a deep sympathy of different natures. " it did not await the cool breezes of September to perfume the mossy bed in which ithad made its nest. round. which the masses will never And why. monies.do you allow yourself to as men be kissed only by the lips of that dark.he will blush storm. appears sooner. fruitful and impatient. my pretty girl. if you ask the littlegirl. is not always ungrateful or cruel. in ordinary men. after all.THE a BOOK OF LOVE but preserved by the friendly hand of memory. ask a Julycyclamen why and run away. from every sound C44] . and In passionate men light of love they know not why! the first because Nature. do you prefer that littlegirl to all the others? And why. which. and an entire life will be for them too short a day to satisfy the intense thirst of love which because they love much. smooth called girl also sheds its childish skin.her face will flush They and she will answer with a sublime impertinence. is selection. disclosing the juicy and delicate flesh hidden in it. from every of the fruit which was developed muscle of the virile organism. At that time. They love. Then. fruit little then. at ten years of age. a void which woman alone can fill . longs to give her flowers.C position of discomposed forces. of genius. pubescent. roundish surface of the infantile is formed crevice opens .

there rises a powerful cry in the which demands loudest tone : A woman! And from every flexuous limb of the girlwho has become a woman. to man frantic.MORNING CREPUSCULES OF LOVE of itsstrengthened voice. which stirs his soul. she has a greater fear of him. The fust love is not slow to appear.arises a cry which demands : A man! passage of the fatal bridge that separates adolescence from youth is one of the epochs most burdened with anxieties. and if than the neophyte who appears on the horizon lacks more an two-thirds of the desired virtues. it. The And if I have referred to more woman is because she. in a work which I am preparing on the ages of some I shall here describe with few. this cry answers. all ready accumulation of forces. from every quiver of the hair which makes her proud. times more more more deeply the shudder to her the appearance of the new god. Love is such a magician into a god. and for this I call it.perhaps. all gigantic. wide strokes of the man. by looking at the pictures in C45H . from every hair that makes its skin hirsute. alas ! only too often. demands of nature. that he can create them and transform a worm The maiden in her dreams. more in need of love. most merry with convulsive joys. Nature conceded common resources chaste. melancholy. feels more of the time.I shall illustrate day. with voluptuousness than with love. the hystericalperiod of life. and almost unknown him sooner acquainted only too often precocious vice makes he is chaste. timid. it dred reserved. When raging virtuous and impassioned. and yet a hunmost to woman. pen how the necessity of loving makes itselffelt to most men. he too. the first It is impossible for certain natures to resista long time the tortures of robust and vigorous chastity: the frail human shellwould fallto pieces if it persistedin keeping imprisoned fresh. from every pore of the young girl who has become a crater of burning desires. he also feels the same tumult. which announces innocent than we are. she does hot know his nature. somber. with the accents plaintive lamentations : A woman! To of wrath and comer. all for the battle.

and. she pounds the floor with pattens that seem to be soled but she is a woman. through the space of heaven. far from having winged feet. he is arrogant. had fancied a winged man with nothing earthly and material but two lips to kiss. distinct and strong as they are. she who wakes us from the dream of the night is the provocative. she beholds a man in trousers.an obscure and infinite mystery of nor confines.and the hebetude of his stare seems mental sentilanguor to her . with mustaches. ardent youth has launched to the skies. who smokes much and slanders women. instead of this angel. The quivering of the wings and the velvet of a kiss were all the voluptuousness which the chaste virgin ever thought of dreaming . and so much the better. his hair is already turning gray.for he will love but her. all locks of hair. and instead of wings she has two sinewy arms and two hands hardened from the use of pot and broom . eternal smile wreathed in an aureole of light. had dreamed of his angel.And. he is an egotist. with iron " Anything is good nearly always a How of that enamored vulgar is the object thoughts! The heart of a grocer in the body and enough for a firstlove. all light and warmth. her to his illness and appears he is for her he is the god of strength . and poetic . to a golden region. stout maid-servant who by her contours only. and beyond it. nor form. a soul ardent as fire and an innocence that falls upon the summits the snow of the Jungfrau. but to her he is passionate . he is ill. robust. She should have been all eyes. divinely slender. which is million of hunger and a penny of bread. And the youth. all love and object all ether. who alone How much poetry that will know how to make him happy.THE the church and BOOK OF LOVE walls. as pure as shows nothing but that she is much of a woman. The desired by her was an angel. with feet which would hardly touch the earth. And which she knew neither name. who would gather under his large folded wings within the domestic the soul of the young girl and carry it away. too. young girl's of a porter! But he is pallid. already he may be " a perhaps husband and a father but he is a man. when he sang the 1"1 . instead.

perhaps more of two lies. C47H . for hypocrisy is the wood-worm society cuts into and corrodes the highest and strongest tree in the garden of life.MORNING CREPUSCULES OF LOVE How exciting form of a strong peasant woman! many has he not wept. the flames spread. You are vow my first love. the very firstthing we say is a lie:" I love you above everything in this world ." And a second the first. all the expressions of affection. but it too closely resembles. The original sin of love appears to us with its firstcry. most idolatry. even when the bellows of imagination have worked to inflame the firstlove. chief joy of life. To the the indifference of tomorrow will eternity of your vows. sacred and more ardent .not a shameful trade of voluptuous Yes. have Before you answer with a sardonic. and even when we have been forced to use all the artificesof the galvanoplastic to gild our idol.knows how to warm the innocent youth at the fire of new voluptuousness ! Then the fire is kindled. Do not swear yourselves perjure before you know what truth is. I shall love you forever. that is often the sum hypocrisy. the only love. is sealed. if to the inexperienced maiden the aged libertinesays.all the cravings of the Be sincere with the firstkiss. if you desire love to be the lies. if seduction accompanies choleretic working-woman all this texture of lies with which too often the firstlove builds its nest! Woe. do not the one. and one can love but once. mocking grin. which down to the last generation of the answers loves of those two beings will seal with an everlasting mark heart. thinking of the bluish paleness of a elegies ! Woe. natural that it should be the greatneither true nor just falsely. yours is the firstlove. with the accent acquired from long tice prac" I love you !" Woe._if the lascivious old woman. : satisfying her old appetite with unripe fruit. but because it is the firstit is nor est. and the first object loved is placed on the altar with vows fealty. the first and in a kiss. alas! these firstloves which I have just described. Let us be sincere from the very first steps in our that in modern studies. The first love is not unrestrained always born so evilly. of eternal and perfumed with the incense of the maddest.

As for myself. and. as Rarely is the firstlove true love. if you still then.THE BOOK OF LOVE really loved. eterwhat a delight ! An nity adjuration less. wjth hands much do not pronounce and lips modestly much conjoined. One is weak from excessive youth as from old age. however high sentiment can ascend. like many other dogmatic formulas you. thousand and thousand times blessed I The fidelity for life the virtues of of the future will cement woman or your souls. ' ' any other words but these : Let us love each other !" If you are among the few and happy mortals who will love but once. in the first in the first have found the angel seen in their man. the Arcadic varnish which makes us us see to look polished and brilliant. and in love we are all C483 . if the increased progress of true instir and healthy democracy should eliminate from juridical of the oath. The tripleand thick skin of hypocrisy that enwraps us from infancy. feel the strength to follow it. less* and a caress more. nearly always forbid true the nature of things. you will sing in every tune that virtue does not exist. the better. during the firstdays do not swear.and a longer caress. value the stillhas terrors for and if word of an honest man. children and elders at the same time. and the one and firstand only love. you will forswear a god whose temple you have never seen. and that. so called has many crimes and If your love is chastely clasped that pedantic and hypocritical biped victims in modern society than made more many maladies of body and mind ever did. what voluptuousness! Nor tutions the formula should chaste and chosen souls throw my book away. feeling hurt by my cynic advice. two : a You man and a woman perjury the firstbook of an author rarely is the true expression of his genius. firstdreams of youth. so the first. which delight man. also. I would wish that the man An and the woman who love each other should never swear. they willclearly see that no one more than I intends to elevate love to the most serene regions of the ideal. are . and perhaps it is firstlove for both. if you are among the very few who. and you say that you love each other. If they will read the pages that follow. I. that love is a dream. Well.

every social class . of symquivering wave pathy. two nerves various ways carry various sensations. of the framework Which are counterfeiters. it has become an integral part of every fiber of our hearts. in turn. to each otherJVA spark shoots forth from desires: such is the firstfact of love. To see. an only path. gaze at. the wind propelled one near to the other. to desire the contact of two unknown each other . but through the true sources secret gates and a unhappy them to oblique ways reach their aim. laugh and weep together! Two sense. only and true source the beautiful words of human most beautiful among speech ! To suffer together. The of all our institutions. with despondency and bitter- All the natural flows of the true and great love collect in They are drops which slowly trickle into the one source. but which interweave in two. but so many are those who throng and Crowd to enter there. depths of our ^ is the Cl~Sympathy of love Sympathy. where all expect the greatest joy. but one that by which unite around a unique center. J and run togetherin one heart. a shiver of sympathy ran through the sails and the felt shrouds and caused them to creak simultaneously. and there they gather and form rivulets and streamlets that. a melancholy vaticination of life lived but better still. to feel. they need.MORNING unmistakably CREPUSCULES OF LOVE the greatgreatest liberty. two exterior worlds. body. est sincerity alone can cure us of this malady. and cast out a hawser which pressed by a common they shall that moment should tie them together. collect in the channel of our veins until they effuse as the warm. they are because the original sin of their loves condemns dangerous life sown ness. but organisms. From to C493 . that not all enter by the great highway of nature. of love? Which are the paths There should be an only that lead to the sacred temple? source. which is civil rather than national. it does not spare the highest and strongest natures . ITwo solitary ships in were the desert of the ocean plowiirgthrough the waves. because it penetrates every race.

the that it may survive the old and weak elements? beautiful custodian of germs. and but in her and is much higher. love is dead. In love. Among that Tasso was wont to discuss. or as an esthetic malady. if elevated by a gigantic genius and an impassioned heart. Love is the union through pleasure of in fact. to the world of beauty. Woman has within nevertheless. what is love if not the choice of the beauty. superior a power fascinated by something that shines or flashes or thunders. " What is love if better forms in order to perpetuate them? :fjj jJAnd. in the sentiment of by the which we desire the beautiful which is satisfied object the four definitions of love and are about to love. But these are always unstable sympathies. expose themselves to the same plow the same land. or lives only as a than we. they possessed a fascination which belonged. and long and sigh for the same The most rapid and ardent sympathies have their sources in the admiration of form. enjoyed voluptuousness of being loved . in the greatness of their position. is immediately affected by the beauty of virile forms can also love a man merely because he is handsome. the selection of the best in order that it may triumph over the mediocre. that is to say.there are three which express Love is a desire of beauty .THE BOOK OF LOVE dangers. and where a real deformity appears.must be more not loves in her the form above all other things. she wants conquered . Love is the or suggest this idea cupidity of embrace for the pleasure of those who covet a particular beauty. the vestal of life. but in the attitude of their expands characters. and character frequently than is the and genius will seduce her more The ugliest men case the superhuman with men. and man Woman prodigy of heroism. waters. still excite ardent passions. the field of sympathy herself such of transmission of the germinative elements and such an accumulation of beauty as to be capable and the beauty of her comof doing without the power panion feel to but by a force. genius and character exercise very little influence CS03 . and mediocre forms can. a selection of youth and strength in order Woman. in the power of their genius.

of form was seduced by the form. heart. and this is always some the paper dikes of one our sophisms and our a flashesfrom the eyes of a man and of a woman who meet for the firsttime should kindle This is the ideal of the most fire only. some tues virthat bear a deep sexual mark. or the coquettish forms of a refreshing which are and modest intellect. seek. of a character or of an intelligence. hazthe most combination game chosen form of beauty. let him study the sources of his love. be convinced yet that beauty is should not and the supreme inciter of every amorous sympathy. unknowingly. to admire. to see. too large to be dammed and love is a stream and directed courage. or the insuperable cleverness of affection. In other words. the proud despiser nine. to desire each other at once and to embrace with such a look from above .MORNING if they do not assume CREPUSCULES a OF LOVE beautiful form. To meet suddenly. despise the beautiful as a vulgar fascination of dull and and clouded minds. nate domiancLesthetics This is not and govern all amorous phenomena^ enough : even those who believe that their judgment in making a selection soars to the loftiest spheres of the ideal world. one pathies. let him remember love is that the passion of youth. equally as if it came warm and penetrating. by dominating intellect. involuntarily. or ambition. ardent symardous in fortunate the great.by dazzling is conquered by the power of some Sex is too great a portion of the economy virile mark. of life to be eliminated from our calculations by our caprice. all beautiful and all femiwoman. by virtues that bear a deeply either heroic between if reticences . There may be a philosopher boasts having loved but intelligent a homely who of but let him search the depths of his and sensible woman. to feel inundated by a gaze. and he will find that he admires and loves in his companion those virtues ness essentially feminine : the flexuous grace of tenderand the kind intelligence of the heart. It rarely happens that two of life. And when she happens to love an ugly man. to blush together and to feel all at once that two hearts beat louder and mutely make this sweet C513 .

unviolent emotions.love sudden may sometimes resemble a glorious rape rather than a true and real passion. until the supreme languor of a long battle is smothered in two harmony. It is true that love is not a battle but a long war. "I love you!" and to nature ' ' Thanks !" repeat with another sigh : desire. Even when two loves are called to high they will soon spread when and fortunate destinies.refuses the too intense light and protects her heart with all the refrigeratives and sedatives at her even under Man has already said to woman a hundred times command. and when the first victory follows a is followed mineous by a hundred. with a sigh. lowers her eyelids. may and reach the ideal perfection of coupling of twinkling extensivehess.THE confession: "I BOOK OF LOVE " love you. so to the highest summits frequently that nascent sympathies proceed that the one has already carried a man of desire and passion. also may a sympathy thousand victories. It happens more all this is a mortals have unequally. " I love you !" The woman. and you are mine!" joy too rare. pervade us all intensity with and rallying after nearly every struggle. which the longer they The energies of amorous last the larger they grow. so different reserved to woman from ours that she cannot feel with us the same sudden and Man hesitati says everything with a look. man. one which few known and few will know. the one already throbs. they say to each other. the fultake deep roots in our hearts. with the flash of his eyes : ' ' hardly dares to say : Perhaps I will love you !" And away run those two happy beings. fleeing from each other. too beautiful. the other only faintly vibrates. Wodefeats. in a task is the space of their robust wings together in the vicissitudes of love. The is not the most durable. trembling. and if an most instantaneous love unexpected satisfaction desire. notes which vibrate together with the sweetest while. at the same time with the light C523 . he his and proudly acknowledges the spell of the most ardent sympathy. until the sympathy of the one equals that of the other. while the other hardly begins to stir. follow the laws of elementary physics governing the forces.even bliss.

f The most perfect love is a sun that never sets. talk to her and perhaps live with her without calling but that of sister or friend. lust. no one can into existsome sort of a sentiment. fruits grown in our climate by means and hotof manure friendship is possible between man Whether and is an old problem which will never be solved. Where love . All other affectionate ferent difsentiments arise in a manner from love. we have arrived at those frontiers which separate the only legitimate way by which we may enter the temple from oblique and unused love. unnatural origin. In all cases. such love resembles those tropical some house. but I shall certainly not christen the new-born with the sacred baptism of love. but does cast forth now scintillant and then more flashes. and those of the nature of lightning last lightning. because woman many give that name to true. should with a violent shock that measures the depths from which the warm sympathy sprang forth. compassion. Friendship can be a source one. whose nature it is to be born amidst thunder as as long and lightning. and the Prince to light with the assistance of an of Affections cannot come intelligentand affectionate midwife and the domestic cares a coruscation of the skies and a trembling of relatives. affection. which the sources of love.^In ordinary cases. Princes into the world like the masses come cannot . whether begin suddenly or slowly. however. and a very good those ways that lead to it through of paths. vanity. may have come ence.as gods or demons should be born. a healthy love. during a long When' one has been able to see a woman but it is always leads step by step pathological.revenge.MORNING CREPUSCULES OF LOVE of those stars that never set and that of the lightning flash that plows the skies. slowly die away. well constituted destined for born a and prolificexistence. loves that rise slowly. such as gratitude. of the earth do not attend the birth of the new ness where nature does not rend the air with a cry of voluptuousdeceive me: a friendship. which. And thus. real loves. naturally. to the worst of a time. an or of pain.if he feels her by any other name day that he loves her. approaching CS33 .

Long-lasting and healthy loves may arise in this way. well ascertained. are friends and I admit the possibility of the psychological phenomenon of friendship between two persons of different sex. I wish. It is by a conventional politeness that to these loves we give the name of friendship. of friendship without love between man men and women can and woman. but they always have a cold skin and a somewhat lymphatic hue. and I will certainly not condemn such innocent falsification but a true and real friendship. long as a single desire of the as individual is such a moral. a hydropathic cure. the most innocent of desires may arise in them. and more therefore much easily from that friendship between knowingly man and woman admitted by us as possible. that distinguish this serene is not possible except on sex affection between one : man and every sexual mark in the two And the elimination of the condition obliterate beings that have shaken hands. to go on beating about the bushes without attacking seem and solving the question because I find it difficult. by the rigid hand of duty. friendship becomes love. . nevertheless.to be more so that I may not explicit.Are there in this sublunary world a man and a woman glad to see each desired even other.THE BOOK OF LOVE the threshold of desire. that it destroys other's person is possible in them. this kind. one can any form of mild affection pass to love. tral beings. However. From They require restoratives. those two angels. who love each other and who have never a kiss from each other? Yes. held back. oscillate suavely and lingeringly in front of the temple without ever entering it. How How many are these moral eunuchs? many love without desire? Count them and then I shall be able to tell you how many are the cases. I shall say that their affection is no longer that but that of two neuwhich exists between man and woman. both physical and If friendship unites two eunuchs of more than half of man. then. because from the lymphatic they cod-liver oil as well.with all the specificcharacteristics woman. C543 . in an to cruel mutilation. and. perhaps. as long as the most chaste. sometimes.

you have helped out of her poverty. compares it to the pictures before him. There are men and women cold and equal for all. really love. and he told the truth . old bachwho believe in the love of the grateful chambermaid. and they always love out of gratitude or compassion. which have the same or the ambient that surrounds them.and to whom they often concede not love. it may be a good guide. they often ask of men what is love. you. like the naturalist who turns and turns an insect in his hands. and compare the descriptionsby others to what they feel in their hearts. and frequently yields. which is also coupled with the legiti- CSS] . more. who believe in the love of the orphan girl whom elors.jfYou. too. that one should arrive first and the other joinhim afterward." vents mologists of the entoFor all these gentlemen. but thisgoes on one condition. which is almost the same. you. pathy. but nothing who very much resemble temperature as cold-blooded animals. the verse of the poet is most true. that betweeVthe two who love each other there shall be no other difference but in the length of the step . That mild and sweet affectionwhich is love out of gratitude not be confused with that commiseration which must women especially feel for those who love them desperately.MORNING may CREPUSCULES OF LOVE also pass to the scrofulous stage. she cannot look on Woman pitvTl cally apatheti- suffers. whose number is much greater than supposed. but love out of is easilymoved . . mate remember that gratitude alone did never generate a legitilove. A common variety of kind loves is this that which originatesfrom gratitude. but can generate little heat. do love. on the main road of symmeet otherwise they would never O tutors. and finallyexclaims : "It really sympathies books and are seems to me that this insect is the Amor I. of ' ' Love who to none beloved to love remits" sang the poet. Their them.not out of when a man lewdness but of pity. to saturate therii. and it no is necessary that another love descend upon them to soak like cake dipped in wine. that is to say. If gratitude takes you by the hand and leads you on the road of sympathy. gentlemen. who believe in the love of a pupil. They know not how to love of themselves.

by narrow.THE mate BOOK OF LOVE pride of being able to transform a wretched being into And happy man. but more frequently concedes can himself without affection and through pride. rich in so many Woman. sometimes concedes love. of its own nature. they can. however. together with voluptuousness. as we shall see further on in the course of our studies. They strongly resemble the verses of him who is not a poet . does not inflame them. who demands his rights. The woman who. has not yet experience love inspired in her by than that comany other passion. true equality can never exist between the one who inspires compassion and the one who feels it. between com- nsen . may suffer the most excruciating pain. love. and be made to fight the bloodiest struggles between duty and passion. but woe sympathy should awake in her heart. his tributes of blood and of ardors.keeps him always in a state of so that subjection. All loves out of compassion are forms of -affectionate commiseration. be suddenly overthrown by the appearance of the true god. of benign protection. in Compassion is the benevolent chord which vibrates even natures brutally egotistical . however. that she may make a comparison between the true love and the false one! The weak little plant of an affection long guarded by commiseration will fall and be carried away by the fury of the impetuous stream. they do not know the sacred agitation of the sibyl . who really loves for the firsttime. may may believe that she loves truly to her. weakness of Eve and wickedly abuses it. has made him happy. This sentihowever. unfortunately. this is always under the influence of its bastardly origin. tender and mild.and is ready. calumniate her who love out of compassion. is. man a often takes advantage of this later. it can vibrate until it tortures her. and by placing a hand on him who suffers. it leads us to even when. while in woman. sighs and suffers for her. to him who weeps. and if they can live long in a mild climate. too. and the poor creature. deceive herself. affections. to Man. if a real and warm and deeply. ment. the god of firedoes not pervade. This is the essential character of compassion. and lack the highest notes of passion. and long and thorny paths.

Besides vanity. as curiosity is man. that she has never a woman on our permitted stimulus of sudden ambition to the man who knows that he is strong and adores the daughters of Eve. solely to tie chains to their triumphal chariot a new with amorous slave They like a new to victim. are accustomed to conquer all the conquerable solely for vanity's sake. a Samson with clipped hair. neatly always conquer the and different characters. woman's in the face of nature we commit an act of cowardice and invert the most elementary laws of the physiology of the The man sexes. very willingly persist in throwing the baited hook to herself to be loved.MORNING CREPUSCULES OF LOVE miseration and love. The woman loves in has us that way who always her heel heads . is an immediate catch the cold. to hear that is very beautiful and chaste. always a mild and disguised form of May eunuch. fortune protect you all from love out of compassion ! A stillmore turbid source of love is vanity. the goad of morbid curiosityhas its share in this choice of victims. and you may find lesson in voluptuousthem ardently wishing to give the first ness to the innocent as well as to the most cunning most difficultand subjugate and oldest libertines. Hence many challenges sent and taken which lead oftener to a conquest of bodies than to true love. and although the sweet pressure of a little foot may be as dear as the caress of her hand. as would the mordant pungency of cheese is passionately fond of this too old. but I would prefer to be loved by caprice. And the daughters of Eve. one of the strongest threads in the psychological web of wofruit may stimulate the appetite of a palate too dull. wild A alternating of sour and burning tastes. of this succession of inexperienced in love and men men only too well versed in C573 . rather than by compassion. in turn. the frivolous woman tart. lonely fishwho lives in the most dark recesses of solitude and chastity. who have long sinc~e renounced the virtue of sublime love. who waives the primacy of conquest is a lion that allows his mane to be shorn. I know only too well that among the thousand forms of cowardly love there is also the cowardice which begs love on bended knees. The great woman-lovers. revenge or lechery.

shows of tener than the latterthe most grotesque and clownish forms of that sentiment. in the midst of luxury and pleasure and in the most kick you out of his presence when you manner. and love her for herself. even tastes. a year woman who. inwith another trophy his triumphal chariot ! Woman. which is not always necessary in these pathAt any rate. and lechery may go so far in these natures as to cause even them to love through mere curiosity of the unknown. and we rarely see him renounce who accuses Man. always a love that resembles the rich man who was born a peasant and. of vanity his female companion. with very refined and generous tact. all feel dejected many of a vainglorious speculation. almost always.may. however. It is. and will the satisfyhim that he pleased for a day. cannot of all and succeed in overthrowing the ancient aristocracy unless it can boast of a legitimate and noble birth.THE BOOK OF LOVE it. a month. And other times. ological excluding lust. will give him a testimonial which makes him happy. does not humiliate him. when vanity alone has together. she succeeds with subtle art in substituting a sincere and warm ambition that had inspired the passion for the narrow attack and the conquest: one of the thousand proofs that CSS] . pretends not to understand that she is desired and loved solely out of vanity. courteous a man brought and a woman leastcan afford it. No sweet man victim of a a feelshumiliated in thinking that he was the if made the target caprice . she has desired to be loved she is about to dismiss the blandly. a posthumous sympathy and a may awaken a real love with healthy members long life. out even even when when has servant who wearied her. To be born well is really the first lem problife in democracy itself cases. feigned to love him. How often has he reached the lowest stage of cowardice by casting up to the woman who blessed him with love. The friendly enemy not perceiving it. true upstart that he is. perhaps. or loved him very " " of vanity alone. daily the puerile ostentation of those of his loves which had the bastardly origin of vanity. and gradually succeeds in making men for herself alone. that he sought her love only to adorn stead. woman.

there is the source venge. thirsty. at times. to wish to humiliate the love. ardent. or better. to have been possessed before having given the kiss of love I What ignominy! What baseness! And yet love is such a magician that.but the glass that satisfies it is always made of the most fragile crystal and may at fall and be shattered into a hundred pieces. loves. nuptials. is reduced to a skeleton which is lust and a poor. stripped even of the robust fleshlent to itby the sentiment of the beautiful. by incestuous any moment Revenge. Lust is. face a new guilty by flaunting in the latter's finding it in one day. allows himself to be loved. it can perform the prodigy of being born of lechery.were born on the highest rocks of psychology. of love out of rewho acts as the callunfortunate paranymph bird of a degraded passion does not always perceive the the trap. and often amuses person who pretends to love him and those who unconcern- The C59] . one of the thousand proofs that woman always endeavors to elevate even the basest loves. and every day of their lifeis a difficult and rare conquest. spring found to be sweeter the splendid garments of imagination and heart. which for very many is all they think of love. to seek it. while we so to force under the often want Caudine Forks of voluptuousness even those loves which. the prolificmother of most vulgar loves. nay. like the eagles. after having brought into play all the witchery of body and heart. Nude love.MORNING woman CREPUSCULES OF LOVE is superior to us in sentiment in the same degree as we are superior to her in mental strength . may. To be deceived and to know it. What ! Woman conwretched thing ! A practice of lasciviousness verted into a cup which we prefer to any other because we have long been accustomed to satiateour thirstout of it. To without have possessed before having loved. Loves born of lust are the most difficult to preserve. and woman. which is a form of hatred. this sentiment is to many only the necessity of drinking at a than any other. a stepmother of love. may the most see her victim snatched away from her by the firstcomer. become a mother. Even perfidious cunning of the arts of pleasing blunts against insurmountable difficulties. Love may be warm.

fortunately for us. A slight but sincere sympathy may be associated with great vanity. touched upon the most and outlined the afterward of this sentiment. or is formed by the source not one. becomes. in other to the ugliest pathology of the human instances love out of revenge becomes. vanity. however. It frequently occurs that the love is but double. and the cure as to on a level with a quick and perfect that we are is impatiently paid and impatiently taken a physician who leave of because his services are no longer required.THE BOOK OF LOVE edly witness the shameful spectacle. of collecting of various streamlets. time and fecungratitude. next genealogy destroying anything. instead. Thus. like mustard expense is who have become acquainted in such a strange manner. and it may then be said that he who was to be the revengeful executioner. These. in the period of a day we have been seen. so that it would be difficult fiber or whether the new-born is a legitimate son or a bastard. a true and real love which cures the old wound and opens a wide horizon of happiness to the man effected at our immediately dismissed. desired. and a new on the ruins of the old one. lust. inflated with pride. through the virtue of either or both of the lovers. In an analytical work. to state fall in with compassion. but I would feel satisfiedif I had important ones. a and violent affection. but the desire for revenge may. we display our feathers like a peacock. and belong heart. I certainly do not claim to have studied all the pure and impure sources of love. the unconscious minister of the justice of love. and it does not permit us to see that. conquered. perhaps. do not realize that we are actors in a comedy staged to humiliate him or her who is loved always and more than In some ever. are the most unfortunate cases. may meet at the same warm C603 . very humiliating cases we serve as rubefacient we and so sink so or a low poultice be placed leech. Vanity makes us blind. first the physician and and to the woman love arises the lover of the offended. and while. however great may be the care exercised in order not to detach adherent it is to impossible to avoid breaking some things.

his fortune. larger the part played in them by sympathy. I would. in which one has and there have been cases loved even proport three successive generations. well-born love. like a velvet rag picked mire of abjection. even the most and behavior." pathology.MORNING date a CREPUSCULES OF LOVE love which later may flow limpid and pure in itsbed. superficial appearance of manners yet if you observe him attentively you will certainly find in tone the nobility of some of his gesture. a certain mummy vium effluby the most carefully embalmed bodies. and this element ical alone would sufficeto allot a place to them in the hierarchscale of nobilityX The influence which the first origin exercises over Loves than ' ' once lasting and so prepotent that more affections suffering from a dangerous illness recovered so love is suddenly at the tender remembrance of these thoughts : You really loved me one day of your life. exhaled even to place gives to those loves a character that induces me them at least on the frontiers that separate physiology from ical. Sometimes a human being loves another not for the latter's sake. I have seen loves sold and bought again. term them "physio-pathologthe of mixed origin are the purer and warmer. but out of a strange resemblance which the latter bears to a person long loved and. impure. perhaps. already lost. thus it happens that one may love the daughter after having loved the mother. in the majestic refined taste. of a hundred hucksters at the public auction of vice and infamy. The excessive disin the age of the lovers." ' ' You are mine by love and nothing else. such traces of his ancient origin voice. and with my own and passed through the hands . therefore. but in those poor shreds I have always found something that had remained intact and revealed its ancient and noble origin . I have seen passions dragged in the have tattered and foul. up in the gutter." "And Often yet I loved you!" a man born in the highest place and of noblest blood sinks gradually into the mire. loses his dignity. muddy was an although its source stream. in some as may a with And so it happens survived the shipwreck.

but we cannot so manifold cast any blame upon it. hears loves when one suddenly blushes or pales if he or a name the familiar swish of a garment that approaches. and even the cases. One truly loves when to the agonizing cry: "A man! A " !" a friendly distant voice replies: Do not weep . One loves when one involuntarily has on one's One lips one name only a hundred times in a day. or when one C62] . perhaps in the distant mist and evanesce behold. you may be helped by this physioheart psychological essay. are all crepuscular things faintly delineated on the gray horizon. am attention to the phase of your sentiments will suffice. in these most powerful microscope cannot distinguish today the egg of the lion from that of the rabbit. home than in that of others. may. The heart beats more clouds pass sky some quickly than usual. And love. Embryos in their firststage are all similar. assumes for us to make a and varied disguisesas to render it difficult However. recognize love in our own important for notwithstanding the fact that it is much more happiness to know whether we are loved than to realize our that we really are in love. the cry subsides and the deep void of desire is filled. I woman scant " here !" One loves when. and in the serene in the deep azure.THE eyes BOOK OF LOVE fabulous resurrections that seemed to think of the miracles. and redemptions that caused me divine intervention and of the galley-slaves too arcadically witnessed I have rehabilitated through philanthropists. Incipient sympathies. a lightning flash. and the human eye may be easily deceived. at times. after hearing that voice. too. love begins When we the rose-water bath of our modern doubts as to the may entertain some realityof the passion before our eyes. it is always easier good diagnosis in many cases. while in order to explore your own to J^. affinities about to become loves. To distinguishin others the true love from the mendacious. or fine weather? storm solemn mistakes as the make the same meteorologists in their almanacs or from the university chair. but will we have a we it If the heart is forced to answer. growing friendships. One loves when the desire of the beloved is placed above everything else.

word which one was pronouncing a hundred times before. This is the true love. nor quieted by ambition. "Can abyss of one's own loved?" One loves when in every fiber of the heart. One loves when one's eyes are always fixed on one point of the star-map where the creature dwells ries who has become half of ourselves. the sap of life is stirred and rushes intimate. deep commotion that something great and unusual is in us. nor cooled by distance. as though God atom had visitedus. that does not even lose itselfin the dreams of the night . | C63H . One loves when one hur' ' Am I to the mirror at every instant to ask of oneself. in every and when one to pronounce beautiful enough?" of the organism. so that an through every vein and every nerve. the love a large piece that. that is not appeased by lust. restlessly explores the I be conscience with the query. must carry away with itself of bleeding fleshand tortured nerves.MORNING ceases CREPUSCULES a OF LOVE. us with thrillingvoice warns penetrating. to abandon us.

it does not suffice that the powerful energies of have accumulated. moral. it still does not suffice sexual affinities that a sudden sympathy shall prepare the spark and the conflagration. exact sacrifices when she would ask only for kisses. She must repudiate what she . to the the mission assigned . she must struggle against the voluptuousness which invades her. To or much desires. nature has assigned a task difficult more and cruel. ramparts. to let herself be defeated slowly and chastely. the other hand. All this long activity of nature has prepared things in order that the great phenomenon may occur. gemmulae have prepared and made ready to call and attract each other . and cry out rather. repel him whom she loves. but the atoms that seek each other and ardently desire to unite long oppose each other in order to rekindle the ardors must and male the gressiv agcentuplicate the energies.CHAPTER THE FIRST WEAPONS OF III LOVE" COURTSHIP that high chemistry be subtle and mysterious must which unites the germinative elements of two organisms of life and generate a new different sex to renew organism ! It does not sufficethat in the calm and long silence of thirty or How forty years. half lived by a man the and half by a woman. The part assigned to is simple man and requires only strength. all the intricate system of fortificationswhich woman self to defend hererects against man an energy . difficult task of defending herself. be avaricious when everything She must collect all her meager urges her to be generous. to assail one after the other. curtain-walls and and overthrow. To the human has been human female. intellectual or made yet always of attack and seduction. barricades and lunettes. on woman. physical or by many complex elements. strength to defend a gate vigorously attacked.

more for the good voluptuousness prepares the future generations come female. it because we seek in them. the differentmissions in the amorous assigned to each of the two sexes tours strategy require that this should be done. impatience and reticence are fought in the various countries and in the various epochs with widely differentstrategy and tactics. The she would like to press sweetly battlesof desire and coquetry. and virtue and esthetics are submerged in the same shipwreck.but all may be reduced to this general formula. from the most tender to the most impassioned. And it is natural that it should happen this way. and invert their amorous arises a violent disorder. would reply for ten You have known me smilingly: "But why today? In this artless reply days only. In Paraguay. And the beautiful Creole." and the other antwo swers. we rarely seek to determine the substance. to believe himself who had reasons their strategy ably missions. there invari- loved. To fructify a human the flash of a desire. the than it seems. the fundamental lines of the physiology of the sexes. would repeat in every key. Even when the sweet chain of sympathy prepares a sure love for lovers. with sobbing voice and tyrannical accent. and. and C65] . a most impatient young man. does not seek a fecundator only . who this one word: "Today!" knew nothing of Darwin and sexual selection. "Wait !" to him whom to her bosom. but and the instantaneous ardor of a battle will suffice. race Every day the most beautiful half of the human throws in our faces the rude accusation that we are much less exacting in that.THE FIRST WEAPONS OF LOVE" COURTSHIP aloud. satisfiedwith the external forms. she wants her comwoman our tastes. the one says." that Paraguayan tion girl was evolving the philosophy of seducand coquetry. of ardor and modesty. perhaps. If certain conis exercise so great and immediate a sway over us. "Later. unwittingly and involuntarily. a good mother and a good nurse. in two months. "Immediately. where laxity of customs prevails. who shall beand the better. good mother and the good nurse." When the sexes exchange and tactics.

all our perfections. we read the inexorable laws which govern it. in the rarer and more fortunate cases of two lovers suddenly and simultaneously struck by a sympathy equally warm and energetic. every hour. From morning till night. grace and talent. moral and intellectual been rapidly conquered through their glances. picking from gardens and orchards and roaming through forests and over mountains. tenacity of wants to time she has all this. in the initial web of love. ambition. Much of this elementary strategy was lost in the stormy vicissitudesof modern civilization . and robust . with the seductions of the heart. in a hundred ways. primitive passions. all our C663 . they must reconquer each other every day. the protector herself as to the of her weakness . she wants the man erfully who will be lastingly. purpose? He must know at her command numerous adorers would all young.THE panion to BOOK OF LOVE be the defender of her future children. it is necessary to scrape off much varnish and snatch away many rags in order to touch the robust members of the risy. For some been aware that she is young and beautiful . nevertheless. It is necessary that the great god should receive the homage of all our beauties. how clearly nature explains to us the inevitable fickleness of human males. powand ardently hers. perhaps. many a time the ardent rays of a thousand desires have showered upon her. their polygamic wanderings and their unreasonable requirements. shall build the nest: is he an architect? He shall defend it He shall train from rapacious animals: is he courageous? and enrich his children : has he talent. it is necessary that man and woman should court each other for a longer or shorter period of time. she The man sound the abysses of heart and mind. just as modesty. we go on gleaning from the fields. They should show to each other. This is how. but she does not Even succeed in finding the kernel of the thing. through multiform hypocwe fall at her feet. handsome a man want . beauties. she wants to assure deep energy of the passion of him who says he loves her . virtues. After having their physical. chastity and the are the faithful guardians of sublime reticence of woman the destinies of the future family.

The daughters of Eve never regret the time lost in the firstfights prepare the most splendid of love. Sublime contest of homages and tributes." cry and should Higher. or from any other difference of must some importance between the two that unite to make one individual. sublime profusion of riches and forces! The woman." the young girl seems "Higher. but the firststruggles are of themselves. he also approaches every moment fruit. not only do long wars victories. a new treasure. still her rosy hands . a fresh bouquet of flowers. fiery is the battle between Longer.more desire and conquest. although not. It is then necessary that the increased energies of the one should conquer by degrees the treasures of the other. to enumerate warms the hundred thousand tepid sympathies or carries to delirium a great passion. every flower. still hand. too. In many cases the intriguant holds desires. whether ceeding are profrom differentsympathy. and a long C673 . the door of the temple. is yours!" These reciprocal seductions especially succeed where dissimilari deeper between the two lovers. to say to the puppy which jumps to catch the cracker from arts with which ' ' higher. a better part of love'sparadise. doubting that he is the god of his companion. and who sighs and of the entire world to the man cry the women asks for their love.THE FIRST WEAPONS OF LOVE" COURTSHIP in order to carry to the altar of our idol every leaf. and for themselves alone. age. an this the and cruel withdrawn higher." off a step further every day "the aim of his warm ing and while the avid and ardent hand is on the point of pickby invisible is fruit. more persistent. also. who feels sure of being already loved brings to the altar a fresh sheaf of corn ears. and every fruit which our hands can snatch away from fruitful nature. higher. ' ' and exultantly exclaims : This. too. and always repeats: carrying a new "This. One hundred volumes not sufficeto describe the craftinesses with which man a woman's woman conquers love. beauty. is yours 1" And man. and richer is the trophy of victory. so that the differencesmay vanish diminish and an equilibrium be brought about without or which would perfect love is impossible.

and passions in those who have not been conquered yet. has impressed upon it the precious and wholly tion mark. and you will choose the best among the best. is one immortal new and every day it grows afresh with new ardor and yearning. by using this word in a much sense and for all animals. natures that it springs up and it is so deeply rooted in some before puberty and disappears only with death. Self-esteem. True and deep passions ignore impatience and weariness.THE BOOK OF LOVE string of easy conquests is not worth one fierce and bloody If. fighting every day. and when you. you must redouble your arts of strategy and tactics. and. on the contrary. they leave the disputed fieldstrewn with corpses . you may the blest. to around she wishes entwine a we a new new matter woman garland of sympathies. To satisfy it. however. Physiological seduction is a necessity. no whether Above all. While the heart is given to one C68H . O daughters of Eve. and belongs already to the fieldof patholand conquest] it is in in frequent Much more woman. physiological seduction lowers its weapons and withdraws. coquetry. or conquest of love by nature's law. and broader Darwin.* battle of enticements. victory cannot fail you. hensible love true cases. in the less reprewishes to be loved by many. and every day advancing. proffer your hand toVthosewho have long waited and long struggled. the need of pleasing is one of the most fundamental elements of love. Train your impatience and kill the to withdraw are the pallid loves weak with time. (When the conquest is made. coquetry has only itselffor aim. Coquetry is only a form of this art of seducscientific ogy. also seen man. and. The first and the desires of libertinism. however. of itsmost useful tools . rest assured that you are among Physiological seduction. share the passion or not. coquetry is a vice.it is necessary to awaken daily desire in those who have already been vanquished. defending you have the brilliantbut dangerous mission of yourselves from a compact phalanx of adorers. tired in turn. plays in it a part so great that its history belongs rather to the domain of pride than of love. If you are really powerful. is called by the English-speaking people courtship.

does it a not possess shadow of and he who values moral sense. but do not seek ardent voluptuousness. which does not an affection which never was seek voluptuousness only. for you have taken the wrong road to Where you are. torn. if you have the misfortune of loving a coquettish forget that coquetry belongs to the history of never woman. acrobatism.and the huge task of pleasing many wearies the sentiment and breaks the vertebras of character in such a way as to make impossible the development of any sincere and ardent affection. guilty of no other wrong than believing mendacity and treachery impossible. bring into play the subtle arts of the diplomacy of cannot coquetry. sighs perhaps. and with love which does not burn them. the lust of sentiment. she dispenses smiles. but the full.pyrotechnics.in questions of love. absolute. go and it. seek it elsewhere. The most indefatigable coquettes and the most wornlove . or the sublime palpitations of the companion of coquetry. perhaps. anatomical. also. and if. impunely playing with lasciviousness which they do not feel. Every day the moral sense rebels at out selling smiles and desires every hour and. as it were. tying them to herself with the subtle but strong In the gravest cases the heart cannot be thread of hope. The virtue of the the fireby coquette is like that of the asbestos. because it cannot have the patience to study them. nor has he even read a page of the physiology of the human heart. do seek play and folly. given to any one. not falling flirts never to be virtuous. posing as Lucretias. by a true and strong passion. half-chaste kisses and semi-libertine caresses to those she does not wish to lose as adorers and whom she deems it opportune to keep " in bondage. it is a virtue entirely physical.THE FIRST WEAPONS OF " LOVE" COURTSHIP alone. have fallen but once. Readers. then coquetry can be said to be most means pure and most holy. : t692 . complete possession of all the beloved. and if you thirst for love. True love. because it has been promised to all.the laughter of the masquerader . while they hurl anathemas at the woman who seeing many women may. the tintinnabulationof the fool's bells.which resists1 its fire-proofnature.

THE or BOOK OF LOVE the calmness to learn them. It curses and blesses. thunders. weeps. after having tossed his leonine hair throws himself habitually at the feet of the woman and begs an alms of love. is the most famous chess-player ever known.who any attention on the buttons of the uniforms and on barrack Love shines. to tease him and to enjoythe superhuman voluptuousness of placing her foot on strength. subtle wires of her organism. it but is wrong in one thing only : kills. and feels the rough skin of his herculean nature when the man body. regulations. and when man. pleads for love. he obeys"one of the most inexorable laws of nature and does not appear a coward. on of the sexes. it does not know the game of chess. . to feel it This quiver underneath and be able to say: "It is mine!" is one of the most general forms of the reciprocal seduction his knees and. who is the weaker of the two. who is the stronger of through which affections enter. Before throwing himself down nor does he he must have shown flashes and thunder. knows how to win battles. And when grace has conquered strength the daughter of Eve feels complete . lightning she wants only to be the Franklin of the human it to herself and conduct it along the most and to attract " in the dust. When a difficult problem belonging to the moral world Don . it overthrows . It is a genius that knows not how to adapt itselfto the domestic cares of the home life. we betterourselves as much as we can. and both. made beautiful by nature and art. and from strength derives his most irreseductions. fulminates. in the fullness of bliss. debase himself. and. wounded. loves to disarrange with her gentle hands the mane of the king of animals. knock at the door Man.feel changed into that perfect being which is the sum of a man and a woman. on the contrary. overthrown. And woman. To please. "Lion for all. perhaps. weeping.but does not waste a general. threatens and prays . sistible the two who love. he also feels caressed by the soft contact of a woman's nervous as though redoubled . Coquetry. Natural seduction is the art of making allour values well by best possible apappreciated presenting them with the pearance. lamb for myself!" such is the man who claims a woman.

the most powerful. violence. never great love. there is an opening through which we see much of the light of future progress. Woman may dress.if she likes. taken back to the virgin source of the physiology of the sexes.never an Adam. may torture his ambition in order to bend at it under the heel of love. which the most manly than ever in order to seduce and conquer the love of the daughters of Eve. and spur his talent so that it may throw its treasures at the feet of his idol. after having stripped her hero. vanities.never or a tyranny.^bflxe Strength. the most ardent that of loving and being loved. to the greatestsublimity which human hands and poet's wings may attain. may always find Seduction is never baseness. the only way to resolve itis that of simpresents itself plifying it by leading it again to the broad highway of physiology. Spartacus or Caesar. or a bargain in dant itis either a crime or a vice. and under the wings of an angel and a cherub there should always be And man an Eve. when it is inspired by a true and treachery. when it is the alliance of all our forces guided by the most legitimate. trying to follow blindly its laws in the human world : there is art. assume with the fireof all her physical and moral seductions.THE ElRST WEAPONS OF LOVE" COURTSHIP to us.a tamed lion or a roaring lion. but. and woman in order to must always make herself more womanly And both must refineand elevate please the sons of Adam. aU^otriers? is seductive above ^alTotJiCTs? BeauI^^raceJTriect WrncIT are the virtuesjthat a make marTiascTnating . seem there sympathy.with all the allurements us ers adorn her hair with the fragrant flowall the classic graces and consume of sentiment. of art . there should ever remain a female. so that woman. morseduction is a rape of voluptuousness. of our desires. Without love. pin . she may the bottom. To read and re-read the great book of nature. must Man make himself more the type of their respective sexes. courage. talent. Which woman foolish and the most mysterious things in the world. higher and higher. but in his loves let him always be as manly as ever. he may be a hero martyr. This is manifest at every step in our studies on the are the elements that make a sentiment of love. There is seduction.

it is of those sentiments which I term acquired or secondary. later. selfa " " esteem one and love. I became convinced that modesty is taught first and learned afterward. too. and. form . and because. perhaps. it is. resisting. I. At first it seemed to me a sentiment that rises within us in childhood as and during adolescence. Modesty extra-current . although prepotent and most one Modesty is of its forms. therefore. very many the male. themselves when offering a females. and has its principal in those powerful energies which. seems sexes. must strate demonrelight the torch of life. but. It is possible that animals conceal a act. born of love. because it is very variable in exacting in some the different races. through the various periods of life. though a part of the energies develop in the reciprocal approaching of the which it seems to keep them apart. automatic conceal Many of them of fear which rises before the aggressive demands of the male.CHAPTER MODESTY IV the physiological of the psychical phenomena because that phenomenon difficult study of which is more is very indistinct and vague. through a battle or source a choice. And this is probably an irreflective. Animals to us some rudimentary forms originating from modesty.have changed the idea I firsthad of modesty. is an of love. but the aim of these resistances. sought by sacrifice to voluptuousness. to have tendency to frustrate its supreme end. begin by fleeing. I must admit it. as spontaneous egotism. hiding that which they desire to concede. of these pretenses of modesty is to excite the male as much as the female and to make the ground better fitted for fecundation.

because the aggressive mishim by is to nature. It is therefore natural that almost form of all. however.at the same time as the firstforms of coquetry. Modesty. modest than the male. And to the human female. until other things. parts which the male wished to see gave origin to the first energies of the sentiment of modesty. If this be so. then we will find justification in the fact that. or the aggressive mission of the male. would attoo much attention from all and excite perturbation in males and in females. or the thousand offensive and defensive vicissitudesof love. too. is perhaps born spontaneously. not to say all. to use better expression. Modesty. together with many to children. and that also in the human be more sion. by men they reach puberty. nature has assigned her characteristically a the same mission. the most modest animals. at least in the last battles. which arose. independently of their greater psychical development. in superior animals also. for whom the anatomy of the organs and the defensive mission in thebattles of love make the actions of modesty more spontaneous and natural. born in this way. taught modesty elevated natures. would not know it. but until the psychology of brutes is so limited that among them also the first will be allowed to assume light of modesty has penetrated. is taught. making hundred times more modest than the male. if not concealed. races of the earth present some other genital phenomena race the female should modesty.MODESTY their loves from our sight to protect themselves from danger. or. as the latter cannot. Man then and woman. living together in the family or in the tribe.and we determine a in such a way as to circumscribe it within the purely genital D3I] . by heredity in the more perfect and to is Hence those who. knowing that in those supreme moments they are exposed to every attack . because woman is to repulsive periodical infirmitiesand man shows The firsthand brought by woman to cover subject tract which. its limits of themselves. makes modesty reserved which dangerous and almost impossible. the special importance distinguish of copulative organs. were naturally forced to become. therefore. we this sentiment appears firstin the female.

find that the boundaries of accessory and conventional modesty are. should be sufficientto persuade us that these two true elements often accompany modesty. ourselves. The Armenian women of the population of southern India cover in their own their mouths wherever they happen to be. homes.THE field or to widen BOOK OF LOVE boundaries.and white cloth. the legs. marked by the various fashions of dress. semi-modest and modest. the arms. And might examples. that this sentiment had its origin in the custom of covering the body. We yields the place to the requirements of course of social inter- jealousy. sentiModesty is unlike intelligence. and that they stop from the knees down or from the breast up and not according to the national mode of dress. selected from a thousand that be quoted. We must not confound with true modesty those other compel us to conceal some repulsive life. then the entire trunk. physiologically. We. afterward the sides.hiding from the father-in-law and the mother-intheir faces even and law. The married women for many years they cannot see their male relatives. to which.or the sentiment of the beautiful. Its ethnical history is written in the volume which I have dedicated to the ethnology of love. The our true actions of animal sentiment of modesty defends from profane eyes the organs and the mysteries of love and those parts of the body that are directly or indirectly esthetic needs which behold almost all races conceal first the genitals. but here modesty or related to it. The the amorous Sherihat prescribes that Turkish women the should cover back of the hand. the breast. of modesty is among the most changeable in form and degree. He who mistook these conventional elements for modesty could write the great psychological heresy. according to the traces of modesty and the greater or less development of this ment. in many places. It will sufficehere to point out that I divide the nations into sentiment The immodest.they do not belong. in our own countries. but permits them to expose the palm. even it beyond they go out they wrap themselves in a when live in strictseclusion. or other psychical phenomena. an which show C743 . and finally the head.

. are much in the matter of modesty. while men of great inteland lofty passions admit that they hardly feel a however. take off their chiHpas. she tity. The Tehuelches of South America bathe very often. . The Malaysians are were none very modest. is it a superior natures sentiment which of serving gestures depossesses infinitemysteries. but the Greeks and the Romans Without leaving our own too much so. an extra-current of the great fundamental phenomena advanced in Modesty modest. one of the of generation . and is like a man the olfactory sense. they are very modest people who never. In the higher races. deprived of of the treasures of love. refines and presents more importance to the growth of the moral and intellectual of a may say high order.MODESTY ascending and regular progress as we gradually proceed from the lowest races to the highest . if we shadow of modesty. Faithful compsychical phenomena in love. He who possesses the immodest nature loses more than half of the Fuegian or the Japanese who. with a civilization a hundred times superior to that of the Tehuelches. glances which and sighs which deserve to be immortalized by the pen of an or semi-modest artist. admires the flowers of a garden. some Wandering through the garden of she P5 3 . a few exceptions we groups in great that modesty.it cannot be considered alone as a dynamometer of progress. and. a physical self-respect panion of the highest order. And the Japanese. when a virgin and as pure as crystal. we have women themselves to who would die rather than subject inferior to them an ligence examination with the speculum. Woman is the vestal of modesty. possesses intact the entire treasure of the most exquisite chasloses love. The nations which are the most civilization and morality are also the most is one of the most elect forms of the seductions and the reticences of love . race and times. generally before dawn: women but the men go into the water separately from the in any case. are a paradise. ineffable delicacies. therefore. like all psychical phenomena of a delicate forms ately proportiongrows. the queen of its most elect forms. people. and take human neglect masses. words a virtue prize.

loses all the wealth of modesty with which nature has enriched her.and. elevates and sanctifiesit. any need of cloth or garments. even wonder in the filth of libertinism. causing it to direct its eyes upward. Bow your head before this flower. we see with infinite incapable diamonds flash.her companion It very rarely happens. you. it preserves them always fresh and always young. do not pluck that humble and last flower of a garden. this sublime wizard will cover body with a mantle that will make it invisible and a nude exalted. Modesty has such power that it can elevate ignorance and simplicity to the highest spheres and encircle with a halo the most common loves as well as the most esthetic energies as roar of the most brazen man and hide with an impenetrable Without veil the most immodest secrets of the animal man. in the exciting and wearing races of a thousand loves. insatiabletormentors of lust. modesty brings forth new and ever virgin flowers before the steps of the two lovers. which you so brutally have stripped of all leaves and reduced to desolation ! Modesty is never excessive when it is sincere. Parsimonious trainer of the forces of love. We remain astonished and moved at such a power cate. it is possessed of such to smother with flowers the most bestial and priestof love. Guardian brow of a woman. so fragile and deliof resistance in a sentiment that seems And as long as a corner of sacred earth remains to woman upon which a humble flower of modesty grows. virtue is not all dead and resurrection is stillpossible. and when the firstvirgin flower to fall from the the firstkiss causes impenetrable to lust. it follows it at every step and defends it from the mire and~from the fire. it is never too exacting when it rises spontaneously from the heart of a lofty nature.which the fire of lust was some simony could of destroying and the mud of amorous not soil. Even in the most gay and libertine that a woman. to disperse the treasure.THE BOOK OF LOVE helps her if of its gems. even life. Respect that clod of sacred earth. however. Texture that con- Den . and she loses more . it is a sentiment that can inspire only noble things and prepare us for sublime joys. jeering deniers of every nine femivirtue ! you.

may while with the other we go on exploring lasciviousness. teach our young girlsto lower their eyes before the glance of him who seeks and desires them. so nude from the waist immodest halves of the may easily have one teach our daughters we We all nude and all immodest.foaming with lust . stupendous spectacle of the most gigantic of forces confided to the hands of a child who guides and governs it1 should teach modesty to our children. If the sentiment of modesty were would be the most faithful companion great virtue. who it. and mould in an alluring way the contours True which innocent youth still left chaste and modest. and in the chalice the liquor will last forever. and not a conventional hypocrisy. An ardent thirst and inebriating cup ! What an but what danger of satiety! joy. perhaps. two woman. and above all to little girls. but the cup is held by the hands of modesty. balsam that stops every putrescence. As . and then we take them to We We may the theater. Admirable prodigy immense an wealth. the lips are burning not a and half open to the most voluptuous kisses of the sweet liquor.with one hand we hide our face. it of voluptuousness. more infidelity.MODESTY ceals. loves are killed by immodesty than by and. which finds in itself the sources of of renovation and perpetuation. adding together the two very different classes of women. and refine it. glass that covers. the greatest generator of exquisite joys. so that our it may be all sincerityand delicacy. Tartufes on a reduced scale. and then we trust them to the hands of the dressmaker. that. be chastely nude. Now the cup is full. where the ballet-dancers from the waist down and the ladies are are more than nude up . modesty is the most powerful preserver of the affections. and we may be cynically immodest We with the body as fully covered as an' onion. as clearly as possible. to conceal even the foot from the eager eyes of man.so that the thirst and renews with the suavest art satisfies the lips eternally remain half open and thirsty. that she allotted perfect with her sartorial art the too modest curves by nature.

we are entitled to class ourselves proudly among the modest nations. nor do I toward elevating and refining our know whether. modesty. let we If it be true that hypocrisy is a homage us past. and we wait until the epoch of transition is shall then feel that we really are as virtuous as pretend to be.THE long the as BOOK OF LOVE this profound of our marrow hypocrisy continues to penetrate into modern society. D"3 . too. will not be fluence very sincere or will be able to exercise only the weakest inloves. paid to virtue. with all the unchaste chastity that forms our distinction.

The virgin female. ment Nature. but between his and woman's virginity there is an abyss which we in vain try to sound. In this book. to a prejudice. of love. tyrannies of the will. it consequently follows that man also be virgin. but of this innocence. may be either adjectives masculine or feminine. pitfalls may have made him more courtesan. temple of love should fall only through long and cruel batmeditations one It was problems. since Nature with her violated a to any of the many vow or made to a caste. in creating the human virgin. and as her on the altars of greed.CHAPTER THE VIRGIN V Since. enough that all moral bulwarks which keep us far from the tles. of the most strategy and tactics of defense. or of this ignorance. although he may boast of having thousand impure never than a folliesand justas nature maternal bosom. according to the grammar. is an entire world. however. the impenetrable veils insufficientto push to folly the deemed of modesty. we will confine ourselves to consider the virgin. on the contrary. or of lust. All this still seemed little H793 .. has left to the torof our has carved her in the secrets of the the civilization of our times sacrifices mendous obscure and trethat sixteen long not 'enough not years should be required to turn a child into a woman. she is a temple to which peoples from their all parts of the world bear the tribute of their religion. he bears no trace in can his body and often neither in his heart nor vice with its thousand subterfuges and in his mind. were to avaricious impatience of desire. their adoration. so that to write its story is to write the greater part of the ethnography of love. A virgin male is a man who does not know the mysteries of the embrace.

among those torn petals.Cruel mystery! The poor creature who shall be a mother and the empty and vestal of the temple of the family. two natures widely different. you will love and be a mother with great happy pain !" And happy because she belongs to one man. but there. and there he has accumulated as many elements of idolatry. virtue. as his brain could comprehend. when the long coquetry of refusal is wearied and modesty blushingly to relish the delights of an anxiously withdraws to a corner hoped for defeat. at that the thorn of a rose. the woman who in the long sleepless nights of adolescence had imagined love as the most fragrant flower.you must let your lips bleed. very threshold. there. it is true.closed. because she is possessed and does possess. warm cent with innohas erected a temple where the three most blood. but beautiful and' as the dawn of spring. man formidable passions of the human heart receive adoration. a terribleangel with a sword of firebars the " entrance rose The and says to you: "There is a virgin here!" is near to your lips. fury. on that they find the angel of sorrow. as though nature from the firstkiss had reminded her : ' ' Daughter of Eve. bound together to conspire against human happiness time to prepare the most ardent voluptuousand at the same ness. threshold. and when your "yes" is answered by an"yes. they must attain joy.and yet so ardently enamored. for first "Mine!" the time!" mine forever!" mine cson . because the virgin is Profound mystery! There.must reach the goal of her desires through pain. through a torture." when barricades and bulwarks fall. justthere. have arrived through a thousand obstacles and a their rendezvous.THE and BOOK OF LOVE other cruel nature. but to impress a fragrant kiss on it. as the sweetest fruit in the nurse orchards of life. There passion. she must behold in her bleeding hands the delicate petals of the first flower which she picked in the garden of voluptuousness. and through a wound. at the doors of the sacred temple. all collected in the chaste involutions of its hundred small leaves. love and the sense of ownership have found themselves self -pride. And yet there. for them to thousand battles: there was together the cup of voluptuousness .

unit for all the series. were in the world of exorcism but irsia . jealous. the prize of virginity.one more formidable than the other. the veneration. esteem. And avaricious. suspicious. However. and blesses her for having known how to bind a covenant can ever of faith which no one used to give the morgincap to the bride immediately after the firstnight of matrimony. Now. the temple guarded by the wings of an angel. The Longobards stipulating beforehand the conditions of a gift too sure although which they were of not deserving. the sacred will. the goal of all desires foolish ambitions. What a tangle of mysteries and injustices! perhaps. are we not Longobards. the idol overthrown. you may become If that flimsy veil is rent. The temple has been than a human nothing more violated.hurling anathemas and invoking the vengeance of their god upon the head of the victim.which love. The thorn beside the rose. the priests have fled. the firstembrace . you as saint. a entertain a pure as you were female. and this famous gift. the a of all. Some had the good the malicious historian) shrewd spouses (adds violate with impunity. but you are are thousand theories to explain the virgin. it is the adoration virgin. nature wished to consecrate a There is kiss.there is a virgin for all human to be vastly different things : to be the firstmeans from being the second. civilized man. an the most tomorrow. you are . until the firstlove. pride and the sense of ownership utter in unison. we promise to all our young girls a morgincap to induce them to guard intact. in the apotheosis of delirium and in the quivering of the flesh. gives thanks to Nature for having come and borne testimony to the purity of a woman. With that veil intact. often equaled the fourth part of the husband's estate. to incarnate in anatomically the first a physical fact that tremendous unit which is called the first love.THE VIRGIN Three cries. queen beautiful. This supreme day of the official sense of morgincap is a husband . you may angel . the destiniesof the lives of future consecrated by a first a I really feel as if I and necromancy ! The poet finds not one. young. the firstvoluptuousness pain. yesterday.

the most poetical of Open temples are. a step further. and in a creature the more higher than love will certainly have a determined and reserved From "cloaca have we the ground. the moralist. Every have its have its function. she must descend from to the pedestal of the idol us or a thousand times more than any C82n . And is not love the greatest of idolatries? . we. finds in his theological theories a for the explanation of the virgin. every "why" must be answered by a "because. and a mystery and a sanctum torum help to elevate and revive idolatry. a admonition sure a that love will lead us to a thousand sorrows. she must love embrace much. virgin of the theologian. The prohundred reasons tection kind of virtue consecrated by a material defense. every effect must organ must cause. The more the living beings elevate themselves. they subdivide their labors. of everlasting domestic happiness." The the rejects shadow of virgin is for me an inceptive angel . groom guarantee of the honesty of the bride given to the bridein the most a precious pledge of solemn manner. always less them would side with us.THE BOOK OF LOVE '. arrived maxima" at two smaller ones. the most beautiful. too. one of the greatest physical disgraces of our body will be eliminated. I do not know whether or against her. sancsacred than closed ones. she is the first a future separation of two things which are stillbrutally coupled in us : the organs of love and the organs of a bodily function. other least desire at much. A virgin is a creature who does a great deal more of good if asked to vote for than evil. all women the most virtuous. beings marked from the firstkiss. and we shall have three organs and three apparatus. would would vote with us. but I believe that the best. and very few among the men. " future faith. But the naturalist shakes his head and there is the virgin of the poet and scoffsat the virgin of the theologian. A virgin is woman an ours . all spasm and sweetness and an infinitemystery which covers with its crepuscules one beautiful scenes of the human of the grandest and most world And : such is the virgin of the poet. blackball her.

and I companion. I have forsworn the religion of my dreams. a mother. today she gives him the seal which attests the possession of nerves her entire self . I was thy virgin. Have an immense love. suspended over fathom the immensity of her sacrifice. that I may live only in the temple of thy heart. And knows that she is a virgin will too. Miserable. may human may the woman a cuckold dignity.THE and come VIRGIN from the altar and tread the vulgar ground of earthly life. And the mystery of the unknown. shall be only thy wife.and if she has the fortune of finding it equal to the immensity of her affection she feels one of the greatest ecstasies that can vibrate simultaneously She and thoughts. I have burned my temple. she burns on the altar of love the robe of the vestal and cries. there are men who dare accept the sacrificeof the virgin without any right to be priests of love. And there are men who bite and defile her with the slime of the viper. that thou mayst carry me aloft on the wings of thy genius. to descend the abysses of desperation and voluptuousness. all thine! Is there anything more that I can give thee? Tell me and I will give it to thee. who a woman. we me !" must who will read these pages to turn pale with animosity. of which. and divides with her companion all that she has. at very short intervals we the ineffabledelights. senses and sentiments. an immense sympathy for And yet. insulted. centuplicate for us the sweet joys of a firstembrace. all that she feels. temple. had already given her heart and all her affections to her god .all that she desires. sound the somber sorrows. a friend. that I may be nothing but thy Do not deceive me. a hundred times miserable wretches ! Amidst tears of shame and humiliation. avenge itselfby making the man say it to cause some one . Even the dreadful trepidation of finding the temple violated holds us to us. lover her becomes her to tear away she allows wings and again a woman Priestess of niveous a in order to be a wife. An angel yesterday. sobbing with joy and "I am sorrow: thine. and of being the first teacher of the art of love. I have clipped my wings. fascination and the of primitiae. dream of an infiniteadultery .

. howthe great inconvenience. And these poor girls will some does not practise such an imposition even when anatomy upon a woman. may heaven.THE a BOOK the OF LOVE profaned virgin reascend to at the sacrilegious profaner of the temple. that the mass prattle at will about virtue. and many and many who weep through in tenderness of heart and soar very high. even anatomically. with its resistances of elasviolated women and geometry with its diameters. a contortion may. and physics. has many varied forms. and may be lacking in women who felt the breath of man. from this point of view. of being understood by all.thinking that the woman and empoison their own defeat whom they have chosen for their companion at the altar of love. in the most C84] . had already sacrificed Science openly affirms that virginity. proud and happy to be able to solve a question of virtue with the eyes and with the hands. -solve a problem over And which the minds of many thinkers were hard at work. for the common or purity of heart and the frontiers of people there are but virgin women ticity. In my medical capacity. some littlegirls who lacking that seal with which nature seems to consecrate the virgin. the last among men ever. hurling anathema majesty who has dared to ask of heaven an angel and of man a horde of sneering demons a virgin. and as I contemplated the littlecreatures I was distressed by the thought that. though having kept virtuous day be unavailing for them and innocent.so of the people. acknowledge lives. in the loudest ! voice. brutally throw upon the most delicate scales of the world Let philosophers and sentimentalists the sword of Brennus. a fall. may the juryof entire humanity rise with the full vated of its omnipotence and spit in the face of the ener- thousand times. with my own eyes. stop wondering the presence of the brutality of a fact. I never have myself were seen. and may scourge him.a blow. In vain day be as pure as an angel. virtue would some in the presence of an ignorant and brutal man. proclaim him the most dastardly. tie him to the great pillory of ridicule and. The anatomical fact which constitutes virginity has. a large part of civilized men are common people.

through the lechery of a hundred lovers. were never How pure except in many wretched women the maternal womb. not knowing that she does not possess the star of physical purity.THE VIRGIN innocent way. and later. in early childhood. aggressions which a must pass through. and yet with studied lasciviousness and virginity is a preserved intact the physical seal of virtue. jurors of assurance much and hearts and virginity. and.the las- shall be unveiled. calumny. and that. and ties have been dissolved by a a suspicion. it is the largest diamond in the it is crown of youthful virtue.may dim but not stain the virtue of a woman who can be. as pure as rock-crystal. Nor is this all. before and after. when they should have been a garland of ! the purest and most sublime joys How many existences have been cruelly empoisoned fleeting than the cloudlet through the elasticityof a veil more that dissolves under the firstrays of the sun ! And all of you.have you feminine honesty. How many domestic many how many a in this way! How misfortunes have happened firstnights of love have become infernal nights. with the surprises of the senses and with the. who with so brutality pass your judgment upon thought of the thousand young. when vice and libertinism are the posthumous lechery of a wretched old man. an instant of morbid artifices of lust? A moment curiosity. No . break the fragile seal which for many is the only and secure guarantee of virtue and purity. but it is not all the woman. Often. not all the virtue. may violate the palladium of anatomical virginity without dimming in the slightestdegree the mirror of the heart .when the mysteries of love or words unknown jestof a in the dictionary of too precocious boy. carried their virginity to the altar of the official C853 .cunning of weakness. great thing. beautiful and courted ever and woman others' she lechery. a little civious girl. the still chaste maiden may feel pure and proud of herself and raise her head high. full of profound wisdom and prudent libertinage and weary of carnal infinite art first lust. prejudice. before becoming ignorance and must struggle with her own one a bride.

Curse. ten differenteditions. it exists in the physical nature of the human female. brutal and : of our times ! bestial importance lovers have been tricked into applauding the purest virtue. and calls to its aid some acrobatism. this advanced an is all at your service. M undus vult decipi. not all improved. indeed 1 A diamond times into the mud and a hundred times picked up and A piece of flesh preserved pure Beautiful gem! washed! in a prostituted body. heaven knows how acquired ! The new virtue.perhaps after having hurled an insult at the pure and virtuous girl who lacked only a seal." ! An eye on the seal first. it manufactures a chemical civilization and physical virginity for your convenience. prudent afterward. like a registered letter refused by the post-office clerk because it lacked a drop of sealingoften have I wept in wrath. no scandal !" morals which teach the bride: "Above wax. woman an eye to the keyhole later ' ' These. a flower grown on a clod of earth in And men the midst of a fetid marsh! often picked that flower with sacred devotion and kissed it and adored it. listening to mothers serve teaching their daughters this one dogma of virtue: "Prephysical virginity!" How often have I cursed modern all. but it does not begin and end with an anatomical condition : it is also virtue. The anatomical fact must be accompanied by on . then. who never to whom the Longobards could never have awarded the prize debasement of the morgincap! Virginity exists. holy woman has loved. while the idioticmass of husbands and two. How then. Of the virtue of a woman you have idea utterly physical and chemical. and many five. on given to virginity by modern society has created the infamous art of times virginity has had manufacturing virgins. but always correct and revised. Now. but whose heart is virgin. the pure and ergo decipiatur.THE BOOK OF LOVE dred fallen a hun- love ! Beautiful treasure. hocus-pocus and natural magic. the of this hypocritical time could not be more cynically avenged. are the morals of this hypocritical century: There is the virtue of Virgin first. such is the perfect'woman The excessive. it existsin the sanctuary of civilmorals.

She knows no lasciviousness. is modest because she is a virgin. you. She is a creature can whom no has ever social mud soiled. but who never belonged of blushes shining varnish of virtue. The virgin knows that she is all inbecause she. she impure an at word. the adamantine transparof character. at a too ardent gesture. on which foot of marten no and no wing of insect have ever rested. she knows that she is pure. nothing.THE VIRGIN the moral fact . it is incumbent on us to crown the C873 . not the virgin of the savage. together haps with a lesson of anatomy and physiology. a lesson of high morals. She has not opened any part of her robe. has prescribed that woman on love with much pain. cave never explored by human treasures. has had longings and desires. if only her heart pulsates faster at the or She is a virgin because she is modest. The human virgin. at an impertinent tact. because no profane hand has ever penetrated into the sanctuary of her purity. she is pure as the water which spouts from the granite in a foot.but has to any man. she sight of a man. she is a woman who was loved. any tabernacle of her never She is white as the snow of the Alps. want ency purity of heart. any fissure of her heart. but she blushes for wisdom as well as for ignorance. who were virgins. she knows everything. mothers.when you teach your daughters what a treasure virginal purity is. not one gem only. with the purity of which the senses are the we judges. the virgin of the is civilizedman. and desired by many. perhaps. If nature. too. pressure of the hand. tell them that kiss they owe to the first all their treasures untouched./Tell them that to the man they love they should give everything . with a virgin as the masses should love her first sad mystery. is ignorant of everything. give them. an oyster that be opened only with a knife. to the man be can they do not love. which perthey need. she is a virgin and modest because she is a woman. no art hiding vice under a given her heart to any man. tell them that a woman And physically a virgin and a prostitute morally . and that the future of their love will depend the preservation of the centuple virginity enclosed in the one conceive her.

all illumined by the iridescent light of the rainbow. and that the after the hurricane of conquest there may be announced bright calm of a day all beauty and delight. perhaps. wished. so that she may appear to us like an angel of Beato Angelico. to suggest. should shine the light of the sun of love. by gazing at the Madonnas of Raphael. that one can be a virgin and a mother. It is our flowers of virtue. and ence not a riddle or a myth. to scent her with so of grace. as another creature can be a a virgin and a courtesan. where. to create an ideal of perfection in which the two chief virtues of woman should shine. will be clearly proved by the influwhich she has exercised upon Christian art. to consecrate the purity of the virgin with the affections of the bride. amidst tears of a first defeat. in offering to man virgin-mother to worship. The Christian a religion. That this ideal sublime creation of the human mind. of Murillo and of Correggio. perhaps.THE virgin with many so BOOK OF LOVE many perfumes spouse. has been C88] . as to turn a martyr into a happy task to elevate the physical virgin to a very high region of purity and grandeur.

before this hurricane the painter lets the brush fall from his hand. C893 . from which flashes radiate and where elements quiver and earthquakes rumble which and thunder . the physiologist loses the thread of analysis. formless chaos. chaos from man and half a man woman. and the philosopher is bewildered by the ferocious grandeur and the brutish sublimity of that act. which is born. in which every human force holocaust to animal fecundation. senses. The avowed or secret aim of every love. half half god and half demon . of the senses. to Certainly. if he can be called the most sublime lover on the terrestrial planet. a tremendous and end with thing is the embrace of a man who and a woman love each other! So tremendous that. the torment is the greatest pleasure of the voluptuousness every man. but it is also the deepest abyss into which vulgar seems to be offered as a loves fall at every step. he can boast of having had from nature the largest man If cup at the banquet of voluptuousness.CHAPTER CONQUEST AND VI VOLUPTUOUSNESS elevates his loves to the highest spheres of the ideal. confuse and good and evil are so near in close melt together. which concentrates wherever an organism is born or destroyed. alone among the living creatures. that recalls of life and the greatest chaos. the dream of every and delight of virgin and rage of every lust. to die of pleasure his life lasciviousness. chaos in as to mingle. and human give way to a fantastic monster. he can also boast of being able. chaos in which angel and brute join to individuality vanishes for a moment embrace. and where the great ones Tremendous Voluptuousness! word the most ardent scene too are submerged.

as none could appear stark naked in the theatre. him who gave the last blow to the to his dynasty that independence of Sardinia. Empire.." etc.) Marmora. to girdle. wishing fourth altar. sustained by the spiritof many young wo- (Bible. In 1409 he had Brancaleone Doria and the a splendid victory over the House gained defeated in of Narbonne. the Aragonese king with the fury of her kisses." years old. modern Judith." ("La Itinerario in Sardegna. who. and Hermippus five* men. she seduced Justinian.After exhausting of sensual pleasure. of Aragon. Procopius adds: draireTrraucuta. when he himself was killed turn by the belle of San Luri. on which she might pour libations to the After having the arts a been possessed by everybody. who made her his wife and called her a "Decline and Fall of giftof the Deity. Viscount "The Empress Theodora was the source exof such quisite were delight that it was said that painting and poetry incapable of delineating the matchless excellence of scribe satiricalhistorian has not blushed to dethe naked scenes which Theodora was not ashamed exhibit in the theatre. which she wore. the Roman "The god of love. p. I open the book of human deeds and read : ' ' from In Sardinia the San Luri belle killed with her exuberance of of carnality the young King Martin II.THE BOOK OF LOVE justas the cry that generated another chaos arose light. subjecting part of the island which was stillfree." (Gibbon. much good and so C9on . of Sicily.") old age of David was warmed by the young lived to be one hundred and Shunammite. she most ungratefully murmured against the parsimony of nature.) These few general way to delineate in a examples will be sufficient the frontiers within which human ness voluptuousso insatiable author of an struggles. After the mention of a narrow The her form. 270.

restore one of the most prodigious equilibriums of nature and generate a man. as there can just the flower from the tree. on the swift train and on two camels crossing the desert. but voluptuousness lously alone is not love. quivering. the lame. If it is true that at every second a leaf detaches itselfand falls from the human tree. reticences of the C91] ." Prepared in the slow laboratory of a man tensely life inthe gemmulae and a woman. drag a wretched existence in the limbo of tardly affections. the giants and the dwarfs. and of all those amorous hypocritically stop at the threshold a you will have faithful image which temple and. conquest without possession of the thing conbe no love without voluptuousness. in the eyes of science it is nothing but ' ' the most powerful of chemical affinities by comprehended the most perfect of living brains.existences relight the torch of life. even too prevalent. like the deaf-mutes. as that is not love which is ridicuLust love are termed platonic. the deformed. wherever a man and find themselves near desire each other. to send the world through they would certainly be sufficient infinite In the space without the aid of the laws of Newton. the fruit from the flower.nay. a woman and can voluptuousness wreathes its garlands and says to the man " Be gods for an instant !" : and the woman There is no love without voluptuousness. on hay and on the glaciers of the soft cushions of new-mown the Sorata. incapable alike of chastity and courage. of seek each other and are reciprocally attracted. maladies and platonic of love and are possible. Often duty must be stronger than love. it is most true that in the same fused in order to at least are unit of time ten . hut of the savage and in the gilded halls of the prince. or monsters There is no Take quered. and when love gathers them by millions and millions. within the damp walls of the prison and in the deep mines where the rays of the sun never penetrate.CONQUEST AND VOLUPTUOUSNESS much evil. in the forest and on the sands of the sea-shore. And yet. and if all the gigantic forces which are condensed in those aggregations could be summed up. of vice basand virtue. they kiss and joinand.

did not wish guilt and had prostitution! All or nothing: such is love's command. then love in the name of the most powerful to of nature. love in the name name of the most sacred of rights. Volup- . of desire and the other be all known by the human family. the principles of honesty forbidding.THE BOOK OF LOVE quered and. All forms of the were as conquered by the blandishments of art. love must be conwith a cruel and incredible torture. to win over invincible. culbe everything to somebody. leave aside the casuistry. extinguishes all fires. do not try to divide the indivisible. as inexhaustible as the sun. proofs. when it seems in its purest and simplest forms. if you can love. one enclosed between two infinities. all hunian flashes. high and low. are beautiful intoxicates itselfwith all inebriations. thought. lasciviousness. do the attempt to overthrow the omnipotent. Voluptuousness. demand to be everything many to your not companion. even without love is always hygienic. but it is better be heroes of duty than brigands acquitted for lack of If you truly love. sink from hypocrisy into hypocrisy and down to lasciviousness ! How with your reticences and hope of winning guilty lovers did not wish sin and had vice. Break down the tree that you cannot tivate. and immodest the studied casuistry of theologians is than ^more the most ardent kiss ever exchanged between two lovers educated by a long experience of embraces. but every great and true idea is the joy of our relishes simultaneously all the joys of the voluptuousness senses. the worst of human your compromises How many with conscience the Goliath of the sentiments. of languor. despicable always. and. have I beheld. any compromise impossible. Voluptuousness is penetrating as light. after long sentimental tirades on platonic love. and after bitter tears and vows of virtue. with all languors. even lust is virtue . of sentiment and of intellect. With love you cannot is jest. in the of the gods of Olympus. it will never it to live for millions of centuries. all forms of virtue are the delight of the sentiment of the good . calms all morbosities. it is immoral even With love. Leave aside all amorous hypocrisies. often despised.

Modest voluptuousness. if you still have an instant to devote to prudence. because verily I say unto you nurture she may restore it to you with that in modern society there is often more pudicity in the lowest of courtesans than in some whose married women nuptial education has been imparted by an aged and libertine husband. wisest teacher of every exquisite and sublime sensuality. If the poet. a lesson in virtue and a great work of art . of glossy hair . but not fall into convulsions . the painter. the sun . enamored and jealous chisel. but not drown . faithful no more than of voluptuousness than sister chastity. lovers whom voluptuousness inebriates every hour. A Boeotian in art. Nor is the embrace of love alone voluptuous.CONQUEST tuousness AND VOLUPTUOUSNESS light which gilds every it strikes and object encircles it with a halo of celestialiridescence. that if you wish that your lips be eternally thirsty. There is no worse enemy lust.and you unbounded should respect it as a palladium of domestic happiness and it in your daughters. Unfortunate he who has nerves. the joyof Love guided by the hand of Chastity.your voluptuousness be chaste and modest . brush and or thing as an altar. H93] . was given by nature to woman. remember that voluptuousness should not be the bread but the wine of love. would as a be holy led by a child ! who love and possess each other. whether due to pen. Lovers joys. must you must quiver. in every shock of the in every kiss of 'the flesh. you must be in the grasp of death. let him go to Athens study the beautiful. fireenclosed in alabaster. you must swim. for voluptuousness is in a is every contact of quivering robes. the sculptor could conceive ' ' this divine group. Hercules abducted by the wave. that this priceless treasure. but not dead. voluptuousness is in every quiver of the skin." that representation. tasted voluptuousness only out of the one cup of Venus ! Let him take lessons of woman.

one may have before his eyes a pretty ornament that majr spangle the Between you can neck of a decent virtue and an honest passion. The stimulus of the flesh announces in him the dawning of sentiment. a will be a monogamist through habit or a libertine through caprice. the reached by few . many white-skinned who nevertheless believe that they faithfully love one woman at a time. If his affection for woman is not a passion of spring and intermittent love which it is always an erotic dies every time a need is satisfied and revives with every renewed desire. and the garland gentle remembrance hope of a sweet of a gratitude for the greater joy for the greater beauty and new and great love. as well as beads. future. and the or autumn.is satisfied and falls asleep. the desire that dies and another that is born. to which a new bead is added for every desire satisfied.CHAPTER HOW LOVE IS PRESERVED VII AND HOW IT DIES The man through kingdom. The most summits of your passion will then acquire flowers and perhaps stimulate a true sublime heights of sentiment. it seems darkthis is the way in which many skinned men. while hundreds and of thought. according to the manner him to solve it. who. set a pleasure enjoyed. obesity of the flesh puts an end to the passion of love. he virtuous man Oftener than or a polygamist. lives on the bestial frontiers of the human is like the brute for which love is a desire that rises. through fault of the trees he sprang from or his own. in which circumstances force and. are H94] . The desire may have the same new : person or another as its object this is for him a secondary and merely accidental question. and if the hues of the glass corpuscles are not too diverse. The history of their love is a necklace of Venetian nations love.

although a most powerful affection.HOW hundreds LOVE IS PRESERVED AND HOW IT DIES sands of lowly sheep ruminate on the plains. A love must be either very weak or very brutal if it withdraws from the struggle before victory. cannot evade the physical lowed laws. and millions and Upon the sapphire summits millions of ants are swarming. Love. of the Alps two lone eagles represent the world of the living. And love. passion remains in a condition of desire. and one embrace two volcanic makes two lives one. All the art of preserving love is. melts in a single crucible However. it is indispensable to act the great secret of protracting the existence of love. that is to say.vigorous and as As long ardent. even rocks and two feelings of voluptuousness. for pleasure. As long as desire is not satisfied. energy lastsand sentiment lives. which govern all the energies centers and which we call sentiaccumulated in our nervous ments. love is not only preserved but increased .therefore. To transform stitutes the intermittent electric current into a continuous one con- by a period of repose. reduced it to spring up to this alone : to preserve desire and to cause as even again almost immediately after it is spent. it when love is so base as to be only a thirst embrace. Finally. with all its omnipotence. sooner revivification the day of the wished-for victory arrives. preparing a new spark in ceive such a short time that it should be nearly impossible to perany interval between the two sparks. and as it happens very seldom that the small and great a woman yields everything at once.where thouand thousands of bees are buzzing. always follows the laws of elementary physics. as long as force is potential and is not turned into a product. and every spark that springs forth must always be folin such a way that while a part of the force is transformed into labor. of love. And who can say that seldom dies with the first a woman he has entirely in one night of love? possessed C953 . another be accumulated. provide for her happiness in and not in vain does woman asking for time and prolonging the battle. and the struggle has not become a conquest. favors which mark a a from time to time she concedes to the conqueror continuous continual renewal of ever ardent desires and or later.

it never is infinite. The hour comes the cup of lust no longer contains a drop of nectar. the hour comes ground the rosy petals of human lasting. a month. so neglected even after Ovidius' times. psalms of death and together bury the remains of $love inexorably which.THE Human BOOK OF LOVE such and so many. and if in some The when. and the duration of their life can be calculated with fair precision by weighing the beauty of the two lovers. kept alive by voluptuousness alone. very slow. was to perish with it. spices and drugs and philters are poured. and no miracle in the world can save it from a certain death. the other one is withered and the strength is spent. their youth. no light. but into the cup of love. and not only are forms C963 . no heat Let them sing the can spring forth from their contact. blows of time. their art of loving. if nothing is left. their lust. No force in the world is produced without the transmutation of matter. and our esthetic needs so exquisite and ardent. and with incredible art repair the ravages of daily adulterated. fortunately. passion had its only source when has vanished. in rare an last for the entire period of human cases. and the storm beauty. no energy is increased without one transformations If man sympathy. The energy of in voluptuousness and beauty. and then. denatured and counterfeited. Men. mark the limit of duration of those loves that derive their energies only from the worship of form or from the ardor of cases that duration is longvoluptuousness. they may. and do not fall without a struggle under the especially women. a year. no of equilibrium and woman and decompositions of affinities do not revive an affinityof combination can take place. various treasures of beauty and sensuality of two lovthe art of loving. that the silent hunger age. occupation of new charms are ers. ten years .love is dying. and the norththe scatters over winds wrinkle them. as well. This is the most general way in which vulgar loves die. that even the acquisition of voluptuousness alone is. Those loves may last hour. alas ! the ern wing of time smites the fresh cheeks of youth. and in the sweet provinces love is preserved or revivified. a day. youth.

love will not be then. It was was as nude as and chaste as an Uranian Venus. to what a low level the art of preserving love has sunk. when love has its origin only in the desire of bodily form: it sinks to a question of hygiene. remember that that fire will"be extinguished spite of so with the withering of the last attraction of your body. you will tellme that a man C973 .arouse a desire in the flaccid flesh of your lover. it was hour. I dead. to submit lust to a chemical research and fatigue to a physiological investigation. prepare for the funeral psalmody. therefore. it is still and always love. you who behold with horror the gradual extinction of that fire which for so many years has warmed your enamored members. it now prefers the twilight.HOW LOVE IS PRESERVED AND HOW IT DIES may receive the stimulus of an artificial appetite. and of the sensual moveof the body. it is now light.of the various smiles. it a Bengal stilllives. but. intermittent. it impunely defied the rays of the sun at midday. Women. in now much reticence and so much tinkering. dermy nearly say. to meditate upon the economy of energies and visitthe pharmacy for the purpose of discovering the aphrodisiacal virtues of the various ments silken fabrics. and soft blandishments and morbid temptations of the flesh substitute the ardor and impetus of passion. it transforms itselfinto a problem of taxiand preservation by chemical process ! It is necessary ertine to study the antiseptic virtue of deliberate refusals and libwould reticence . that I aspire to an ideal love. like the tertian or the quartan . to reach . You see. the woman impossible. if you were happy through beauty alone. it is now love of every clothed and immodest as a courtesan. You will tell me. when all is said. with the galvanism of lust. As long as you can. Long lasts the battle before defeat is acknowledged and love changes its nature but a volcano. it is periodical. perhaps. To these baseststudies we have lowered who would so gladly have wished to soar aloft with us through the numberless spheres of the beautiful and not only embrace the world of exterior forms. and when the heartrending cry which invokes the stimulus of a desire will not be answered. but also the infiniteworlds of sentiment and thought.

physical elements. friendship intimate an prepare the last twilight of old and age. perfect love should be born of the contemplation and adoration of every type of beauty. another twinkles. and every healthy woman offer the cup of voluptuousness but how many men to man. and when that of the form begins to fade. how are be called beautiful? Perhaps not ten in a can many women hundred. handsome. the beautiful does not end with the exterior form. let moral beauty shine in all its power. No deformity. and from the slumbering desires of the senses we feel a stronger yearning awaken. we now love and C983 . ending with a mild autumn. And I am with you if you mean the common loves of the common people. A spring and in a summer of forty years. one star disappears. no disease in him who would procreate men: this is hygiene. so In rich in many but the hundred relieved only by forms a of moral and intellectual beauty. but we must have a high. and we all should desire a love lasting as long as life and which shall be buried alone in its grave. shall they not love.let the beauty of thought appear to us in all its brilliant so that while majesty. so that a love which should last but these thirty or forty years would still be a most beautiful and most enviable thing. a suave reciprocal gratitude. and. is entitled to thirty years of beauty and ten more years of gracefulness. can they not be loved? Certainly. may seem to us a worthy triumph of a long and splendid life of love. and that woman. Thus. a which a sweet very high aim. man. remembrance. and whom. later still.THE BOOK OF LOVE for forty years of with a good constitution can be handsome his life. if we suddenly loved her for the beauty of form. And then every healthy man can the thyrsus offer to woman can of love. can and should awaken ardent and tenacious passions that do not vanish with the sun of youth. while love can dispense its delights to every man and every woman. and all the others who in various degrees are removed from the type of perfection of form. soft shade of sex. too. the yearning for possessing the treasures of sentiment and thought of a creature who is all ours. nor should love spring from the source of voluptuousness alone.

Sublime triumph of human nature. while one dries up lacks a flow of water to another swells so that love never its insatiable thirst. All passions follow in their a parabolic line. while a warm love survives the senses is mute. and those that have risen the movements highest descend the most rapidly. More than gers. in which ray of light shines on love each other the silvery heads of two old beings who still because they stilldesire each other and because heart and exhausted. by fleeing. culture. ideas. When the sources of love are many. but a whole nature imbued Eve. Our study on love in old age will complete this picture. the beauty of mind unite in an embrace. hence the weariness so quench close to strength. and he who would increase enthusiasm "Only breathe the life of kisses and of sighs. and at the last hour of extreme some new conquest to make. love presents these phenomena other and it is impossible for all to make voluptuousness.HOW LOVE IS PRESERVED AND HOW IT DIES will continue to love for her beauty of kindness. voluptuousness which forms which is buried. and some old age we have still desire is reawakened. the with all the beauties and graces of the human longest life will not sufficeto satisfy our desires of possession. Intermittence is one of the most inexorable laws of the and nervous system. justas virile courage is admired by the sweet and When we have loved in a woman tender nature of woman. ecstasy and apotheosis lastbeyond a very short flash of a few instants. and danany passion. and greatness. sexual by origin. the void while the accumulation of most sweet memories fills which youth. certainly one of the most beautiful and seductive in the great museum love a : we picture which should of all desire to represent in the late years of our life." C99 3 .but ideal for the heights attained. the thousand dangers of the death of sentiment. Even not only the beautiful female. has left behind itself. and everything that a human being can boast of beauty character and thought have a profoundly sexual type. the tediousness that follows enthusiasm. and feminine kindness can be adored by us.

but subjugate And to our advantage.THE BOOK OF LOVE before dies consumed by his own dying. This is perfect love. he resigns himself to man The who knowing only the coarsest and most brutish part of the joys ertine. then you would curse the vanity of love and life. can approach it.reciting the litany of lamentations and disappointments execrate the ideal. We must elevate in woman more and more order not only to fulfil an act of but justice the value great step has been made in this direction. sow joy and suppress tediousness. like an orphan taken from the street and living with the members of a family but not forming it. which keeps pure. If integral part of an the concubine has become a new also to enlarge the field of A of our voluptuousness.by transforming the female of the gyneceum into the mother of a family . greatness it is enough to see it even and human like the promised land. happiness many. too. not considered equal to us. however. and when signs his own back to the bed or to nursing cares. and for human from afar. our joysand increase "freedman" of modern C1003 . descended from the heaven of tire you. and. You may be the strongest male and the wisest libbut Venus herself. A few reach it. would arrive the hour of dislike . and for you. We against the laws of nature. between voluptuousness rebel we them . and from too ardent and sensual contemplatio can we repair to the cool temple of thought to together. from Adam all those who know not how to love and are bestiallyignorant of the laws of the economy of strength. nor can it is conceded to us to direct them Between ecstasy and ecstasy we can thus it is in our case. brilliant as a diamond in the tormented sand of a river. what is worse. unaltered. this meditate and remember is ideal love. as the poet says. "is always beyond the mountain. cannot at his feet.would down. has been repeated by which. and voluptuousness we can suppress weariness and pick the flowers of sentiment. of love. but this polygamous civilizationis merely tolerated. which." brutally opposes the holy and noble aspirations for a higher participation in mental work of woman he cynically sends her sentence. beholds love dead fire.

sentiment and thought. bound together by the three Where man are and woman natures served of sense. then sow sentiments and ideas in her. to put it in a better way. of which we see only a part. Fear place her foot upon the neck of man. thus completing in us the aspect of things. not. very old but always new. invincible. then the easiest way to preserve it is to keep always drops of desire in the cup of love. to become a be compelled to amputate the better part of herself. relations of habits. voluptuousness is never giving a deeply sexual character to the common intercourses. a female-man. you want nothing but the joysof love.abdicating her omnipotence. taneously. conversations and family This is an indirect but sure advantage. of love. and she will place her greatness at your feet for a kiss. warm.HOW mother. virtue is the fruitful mother of other virtues. love is easily pretyrant. a most noble and delicate creature. beshe may become a woman. LOVE a IS PRESERVED AND HOW IT DIES great step stillremains to be made in order that come or. she would and without any need of artifice. and love lives in them. so that. quite extinembrace and embrace.and only with death is extinguished. make her great. and she will use her strength to enrich you . instanlike the porcelain bowl. in the meditations and struggles of life. ever produced by chastity between two creatures that love each other without beyond having the fortune to participate in any treasures It is opportune to remember those of the senses. and bringing to us. which falls from the hands of the inexperienced servant and own by its nature created. Some fortunate individuals ask with astonishment why their tenacious. or nearly all.i . She is like the bee that changes sugar and nectar and the fluid of every flower into honey : make her wise. who nine shall think and feel as we do and think and feel in a femiway. that every poi.that precious element which only If from woman the daughter of Eve can give us. and wisdom will be transformed into caresses. between some guished. and because. make her strong. perishes as it was It is not so when voluptuousness is all. love should ever cease. she will never because she loves him too much. beautiful and brilliant.

and for a caress shower Woman is an old teacher of they will receive ten tomorrow. If the women ing who will read my book should learn nothbut this one thing. the blood which gives life to her. are too light-minded. love which is her dearest treasure. but she foresees. by a deep. and let her use this practical wisdom in preserving sacrifice. edition of the story of the grasshopper and the ant. again. and bury the "yes" Let them say of the friend under of flowers. Never should "no" at least once. compensated a hundredfold. with impunity to take an active part in this mission. With the "no" man who and a "no" too ardently begs their love.THE The BOOK OF LOVE preservation of love is one of the most sacred rights or duties incumbent although we cannot refuse upon woman. Every denied today. and I shall be happy written in vain to promote the welfare of the dearer part of a justcompensation by a long the right given to me and troublesome experience. : such is the childish appearance at once of many virileloves. too exacting ' of love sudden desiresto find prudence and economy To see all. to touch all. and. to want all and easy virtues for us. reserving the desire for other sacrifice will be supplications and other battles. splendid bonfire of their affections. loves more Woman than we. make together a voluptuousness. They will the thoughtlessness of her prodigal companion! fears. presurmises. while she picks the flower for the joy of todays knows how to preserve in Woe to her. if she joins the fruit for the dreary winter. alas! too soon. if she she say "yes" before having said truly loves the prodigal friend. let her be the stewardess of love C1023 . We. which is the air she breathes.of their the thousandth renewing. I would believe that they have had for the tediousness which they may for not having have experienced. too polygamous. love. however. she should save for the days fall from his hands and of famine the crumbs which now which today he despises. I pray and entreat and human them to close conjure hands and their rosy lips the lips of with their white little the human family. untired study of the heart. in our In love. she is a good provider. too.

and you will be behold in them all those exalted virtues which may A beauty politics. but also of preserving great passions. The infiniteis the only thing that man never see tires of loving. preserves vulgar loves. If genital chastity is the virtue which. Grace more because it has more crepuscular hues. contemplating. sympathetic natures more more than beautiful ones preserve love. of grouped under the name crepuscular that has more grace than splendor. can an seduction than authority that be made to smile. justbecause it is And it is in love: the so to the evening twilight and never entirely of the mprning love. that fears : such is eternal and immutable reveals itself frost of winter or hurricanes of summer no ing . or measured studying. more heat. nor should the woman behold ever her companion nude before her . and a genius that has more tive spirit than grandeur : such are the great preservathan beauty preserves love. a certain reserve of manner and forms are also indispensable if sublime loves are to last. flowers must shade the man sentiment and woman never and intellect. neither weighed nor love we beautiful.HOW as LOVE IS PRESERVED AND HOW IT DIES fecundate she already is that of the household. measured. a certain chastity of sentiment and thought. There are men and than grand ones. veils and mists. the good of the creature whom be infinite. that dies stand- like the ancient heroes. weighed must A sun that passes from the crepuscule by us. and a nature that is smiling rather than laughing . so that no sooner into intimate contact with them than you find yourcome women who at C103H . a flexibility that retains strength. The man must his wife nude. wit more firstsight do not make any great impression. let man and woman preserve. a deep and tender kindness. better than any other. leaves and in sense. to have a hook and but on every hair of their head they seem have you in every pore of the skin a leech. let him conquer and let her keep the booty. Study the fortunate men who are not only capable of arousing.because they must not be seen. kind natures than genius. the true. powers of love.

but does not want C1041 . not every clod and appears to you saying: "Do weep . Physicians remark that apparent death is much more frequent in cases of hysteria. to sentenced to death. Whoever believes that love is baser than the rotifer and has never known the most elementary physiology of life and affection. catalepsy and in all forms of loves. to skill and know- love apparently dead resuscitated as live ever. unlike thousand the all living things. a real death and an apparent one . it is then natural that many to be dead. alive but believed neurosis. is one of the usual mysteries of the heart. really and truly dead. has ever been to rise again. the latter curable. as no dead. cupping-glasses. but only latent.. for often has a extinguished. But of blood to rouse slumbering nerves. In our case. here I am !" Very rarely does love die a violent death. by having How as as recourse ledge.THE self seized by a BOOK OF LOVE thougrapnels and absorbed by a sand. then restore it to life. Duty who ruptures. there is no galvanism to awaken no wave the heart. the burial is less dangerous. A nerve seen was stillsensitive. and this. Love is dead without possibilityof resurrection when. like the rotifer. because love itselfopens every coffin. btftlove. love also has swoons and syncopes and. like any other malady. however. despairs. There is for love. and ' nervous. as for any other organism-. weeps. have been interred through a most cruel still be resuscitated. syncopes and nothing through senility and after long frequently commands not to love him or her occurs wounds. the former is inexorable.may die provisorily and desiccate. suddenly has seemed base and infamous to us . with the exception of Lazarus. name are Real death illness.as though a gigantic polyp had seized you in the absorbing coils of its manifold tentacles. heralded probably more a miracle.every grave. awaiting a beneficial rain to denies this virtue in love.a desire could life was not to life the apparently dead comes again. and cases called overturns by that more. alive than before . since an organism more cataleptic hysterical than love is difficult to find in the entire and more world of the living. more mistake.

a lingering death. it is as useful an achievement as to become rich. it dies a merciful death. with him who feels it. but several times already I have made clear to the reader what I think of sexual friendships. convulsed by a prolonged agony. many miracles will at last be simple physical phenomena. the fogs of November frost and the of December. healthy and robust. perhaps.HOW die. until at last. amid and adorned with flowers of eternal the beloved one belongs to the other sex: loves of the entire past be forgotten ? How but how can we can the suddenly niosj . LOVE IS PRESERVED AND HOW IT DIES Sent back to prison. and many be light. darkness. It is as beautiful a thing as to create a work of art . to preserve it pure and bright. to guide it. is one of the highest ambitions to which we can aspire. neither of the two lovers remembers that die. cold. but love lives in those depths groans. believes that it has disappeared from the face of the earth. the battle will be relentlessand long. to rouse it from its slumber is a explained as very desirable power. Perhaps. it is as great a feat as to reach glory. without food. to obscure mysteries will exposed To cause love to gush forth from the rock of indifference is a fascinating prodigy. to bring it impunely through the cyclones of life. as in other cases. it is because it was seems not true love . When we shall once and forever have ceased to call love that which is the desire of the flesh and the pride of possession. but to cherish the conquered love. to sow the path of our life with love and desires may be the splendid pride of every living creature. but does not die. that sentiment will appear to us as beautiful thing. The public. as has happened with illustriousprisoners plunged into the stillnessof a castle. greater and more a much more honorable than is ordinarily supposed. without light. If the appearance of a new on the path of life creature to kill love violently. and and if it really were such. from the spring of youth to the border of the grave that it may choruses of admiration freshness. it defies hunger. and the Prince of Affections will die. like the Mexican victim. It is said by many that the most natural way for love to die is to transform itselfinto friendship. in some very rare cases.

that he may study it together with the unconscious and reflected motions. back to the laboratory and I will send this psychical phenomenon of the physiologist.if are man a man and a forget that they and woman.THE BOOK OF LOVE years of of the many friendly custom visit of woman can obliteratethe ardent remembrances love? If for a dead love the sweet can be substituted. C1063 . affection deserve? what name gular will this new and sinPerhaps that of automatic habit.

Thought it below. it is inmost in us placed among on the summit of a mountain. Star two that glitters in the infinity of the ideal. all the phantoms of all silent passions. agitated and renovated by the of men to evoke from the abysses contact of the new god. things and reveals to the astonished strange and unknown before conceived. how many D073 . splendor the hot sea beings. accompanies man of sensuality . where pearls and corals It is a diver that brings to light intermixed with mud. root that dissolves the stones in the infinity of depth. it its roots into the most intricate mazes of projects the rocks. lover to exist in the most and spouse on earth. who seems ideas. If to live means beautiful form of life.CHAPTER THE VIII HEIGHTS OF LOVE DEPTHS AND THE flower that opens and shows its cheerful thought ever petals on the border of an abyss. of life. virgin and father in heaven. love is whatever is divine in human No one will ever be able to say where love penetrates when it liftsthe bottom of human nature. While its aspirations to ask of heaven space and carry it aloft. while it seems light. guides the poet when he strength in the valley when he plunges into ascends to paradise. all dormant many simple natures of young girls. it reaches all altitudes ways and all profundities.then love is richness. the same to my mind : there is love. luxury. into the most somber mysteries of the abyss. it is things never eye of the observer new How the most daring and the most fortunate of excavators. are talvulgar ents are perturbed. is the most human of passions and althe divine passions. height and depth. which always seems recurs to live see a Whenever I between infinities. and the most ethereal.

revivifying life. not all the resources Not all human of beneficial to are the love therefore. granivorous." While the common people judgefrom the hair on the face and from the deepened voice that a boy has become a man. every vigor refines. they become carnivorous .they become winged messengers of the skies . obtuse. love calls forces and energies into action. armed and combative if we have reached it and are in love. from the deep abysses of the moral man. another profound him earthquake In warns the girl that she must season love. Puberty declares us in a state of war . that she already loves. animals change color and feathers. which had not been seen before. forces and energies prepare and grow. that he already loves.and while. we are armed if we have reached it. Defenseles have not reached puberty. if caterpillars. calls if we into action bad elements as well. specters of crime and vice. and while that he must mothers behold with affectionatetrepidation the rounding of their daughters' form to womanhood. and. Of our birth we are always ignorant. For the first time. and a new era "to of our death almost always unconscious. between the be" and the "not to be" only one third and great thing is possible "to love. mind good. a tremendous profound earthquake warns " love. So it is with man.they are metamorphosed into butterflies. love calls us to the battle. they become many the loving clever singers. they are transformed into skilled architects .THE BOOK OF LOVE heart and thought! The deep simmering of psychical elements love the at the contact with almost always announces birth of a second moral nature and.mutes. but sinks into the veins and the meanders of his physical nature. if the earth is their habitat. although such transmutation hardly affects his epidermis. The phase of puberty deserves to be dealt with separately. with the nuptial robe they assume different habits and singular abilities. forces are good. with our growing to manhood.marks in it. adorn themselves with new with new weapons . or arm selves themshape. it will suffice here to remark that every force redoubles. phantoms of revelry [1083 .

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and prison appear. In defective organisms, predestined for the prison or the madhouse, together with first love often the first crime or the first mania reveals itself. To the great summoner of profundity and sublimity every human element ' ' answers, Present" ; and the sudden anger in natures erstwhile first tears on faces tillthen smiling, the first mild, the poetic outburst in natures hysterical paroxysms in
hitherto utterly prosaic, the first body that seemed to have no a nerves, the firstambitions in the most timid youth, the first meditations at the mirror, the first impulses, the first war declared against an invisibleenemy, the first follies, the first flashes of genius, the firstlies and the firstheroisms, are all

specters called from the abysses by the magic wand of by the greatest sorcerers, the sorcerer among of conjurer spiritsthat the blessed age of wizards and exorcisms might
new

have boasted of. The man because for the first who loves is twice a man, time he feels not only that he is alive, but also that he has the power of creating living beings, of procreating. Nor is
woman a

us

blood is half of the sole generator, because in man's future creature, and the seed of a second existence within doubles us and makes us almost as proud as the ancient

God entrusted, as to a tabernacle, the prophets, to whom A man supreme truth, the prophecy of future events. who loves has within him a part of that which will live in the
future, the fruitful germs of a new While all the psychical forces
at first contact

generation.
are new

with the

distinct stillconfused and insentiment, Love will

march Every

in procession and muster them under his orders. beauty must transmute itselfinto flowers for a garland, its lend fire, every energy must don every passion must them
a

the livery of

servant

or

a

slave.

Many

to

serve,

one

to

command;
many

supremely strong'; strong, but only one cussion; disno but only one tyrant. No objection, subjects, where love is present, who would give suggestions
many

counsel? 0 virgin and rising forces of youth, bow your head before your god; splendid beauties of human nature, Are lay your tributes upon the new you not satisfied altars.
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with the glory of doing homage to love? Rarely does avarice find place in the first and deep meditations of a heart in love, I something but the question is continually repeated: "Have I really given my else, something better, to offer? Have whole self to my king?" A most singular and heartrending voluptuousness of love is to feel that everything leaves us and that we no longer belong to ourselves. It seems as though were we witnessing in a satanic phantasmagoria which we behold limbs, organs,
senses,

affections,thoughts fleeing from
a our

toward
with

running madly new center, where a new organism is being moulded Even time appears to be ours no longer, remains.

us,

longer measured by the watch, but by the impatience of desire or the flashesof voluptuousness j thought, too, no longer belongs to us, as it is tyrannically ruled by image alone. To find ourselves again, to remember that one
we we

since it is no

have stillintimate relations with the
must

man

of yesterday,

go and seek another creature who has robbed us of everything. Hence a vague unrest which invades the body, the senses and the thoughts of every lover ; hence the undertaking,
most

difficult even

the new god who Every hair, every pore, every nerve, us. every part of the epidermis of the man who loves sings and says to the universe "I love, living: loves Day the of and who me?" and
all the nature of a lover tone. sings its note until another song responds in the same Not a moment of peace, not an instant of truce, until the new energy has found a sister energy. Love is like the sea : here it is as calm as the surface of an Alpine lake, still and

for the ablest dissembler, to conceal invades and penetrates every part of

night, in the calm and in the storm,

smooth as a sheet of lead; but there, among the rocks or upon the coast, it is eternally in motion, and, roaring or sighing, howling or caressing, agitates with incessant motion the land it kisses. Man and woman who meet and love the sea and the land, which are perpetually at war a war
"

are

in

turn

sweet

and

bitter, tender and

cruel, voluptuous

and

merciless. Look at that young

girl seated at the window,

bending

Clio]

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piece of white linen which she is sewing. How attentive between one stitch and she is to her work ! She seems, another, to be meditating on the solution of the quadrature of the circle,so absorbed is she in her arduous task. But if I only could write the volume of thoughts that pass through
her brain between
two

! She is fishing in the deep stitches

" abysses of love. And at a short distance thence, she unaware of it,a young too, is at the window, his hair disheveled, his hands man, firmly thrust into his pockets, his breast swelling as by a

has been staring at the sky for the last hour. Is he meditating, perhaps, upon the tremendous problem of the liberty? Is he, perhaps, proletariate or on that of human threat. He

No; he, too, is fishing in of glory, of wealth? the deep abysses of love. Woman dives deeper and soars higher in more than man the regions of love ; society generally withholds her from the field of action, and an infinitetime is left to her for penetrating into the abysses of the heart. How cent often an innoyoung girl,who, perhaps, hardly knows how to write,

dreaming

for many
a

long hours feelsin her imagination the sweetness of kiss which lasted but a second; how often she is tortured of a cold salute or of whole night by the bitterness less, rude word ! Here is a deepness of sense which, nevertheis nothing in comparison with the queer and transuba

during
a

stantial process of sentimental analysis with which woman a look, a word, a gesture. Hide, pulverizes, analyzes, distills chemists, your ignorance before the profundity of the to her the spectroscope analytical art of an enamored woman; pathic instrument of prehistoric science; homoeois a coarse are draughts are poisons; atoms worlds; she has

O

measured part of
a

them many

milligram is detected by her process of analysis ; an atom of indifference in the lava of desire is instantaneously traced by atory. the thermo-electric apparatus which she uses in her labor-

A billionth centuries before Thomson. diluted in an ocean of voluptuousness of rancor

She is a priestessof the ideal, of the infinite, of the incommensurable, and will continue to be religious many

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in centuries after man will have buried the last god. Even love, the infiniteis insufficientfor her. Love always elevates the lover above the average man; and as his increased strength makes him capable of greater and more undertakings, the horizon widens before him more because he
one sees men

of us has a of the ideal ; but rabble and genius, prose and poetry, always raise themselves, by the action of love, to a world which is beautiful, more serene than that in which we nobler, more drag out our daily uneventful existence. How many vulgar,

and things from a greater height. Each different capacity of soaring to the regions

despicable natures are redeemed by the action of love; how many inert intellects are guided through the paths to glory; pus how many of the vulgar herd reach the height of the OlymAnd still of thoughts with the aid of a loving hand!
is daily repeated, that science and glory must, guard against love as against a bitter enemy, and the who loved examples are pedantically quoted of great men the ignoble proverb

but art land to chastity alone owed their greatness. Strange disorder of ideas, in which hygiene is confused with morality, healthy chastity with the incapacity of loving ; but a man in sense and sentiment will always be elevated by love, if he
does not make an unworthy creature the tion, of his affecobject if he does not confound love with lust. For one genius killed by love, you have a hundred to love their owe who greatest inspirations, who drew from it the strength to live, who blessed it as superior to glory, who in it alone found the fresh wave that tempered the burning ardor of enthusiasm beast to and passion. It is an old habit of the human
its feet the rind of the fruit from ! has just sucked the last drop of juice If love does not work in all creatures the same

trample

under

which

it

miracles it is if not always a virtue that elevates expect, which we to the level and refines,it is because we have lowered woman lasciviousness, because even feel we, civilized men, of our for her
yet
woman more

desire than esteem,
thirsts more
creatures,

more

lust than love.

And

oppressed

for the ideal, and, like all looks upward faith. Her with more
than
man

now now affectingby her youthful enthusiasm. There is always an element which evades calcu- and it is in the capricious hands of destiny. ideal.by that faith which lifts lacuna which must be filled deeply feels and so so the mountains. by that ardent faith which woman is possessed of and which makes her strong in her weakness. fascinating. seems " tle Onward. contemplates her and is inspired by her. but she has neither courage nor strength to ascend. In a magnificent painting by Schoeffer. arguments that induce one to believe. us also to soar if we has assigned the task of indicating the high aim. Dante is standing below. Woe to us. Dante gazes at her. to us the duty of accompanying and sustaining her. open to the raptures of enthusiasm. if before preparing for an undertaking we should be obliged to weigh with mathematical precisionall favorable . even when she would When Christ made faith the corner-stone and lends us her appear fatigued.THE DEPTHS AND THE HEIGHTS OF LOVE exquisitely sensitive nature. if we were to launch and unfavorable probabilities only into those enterprisesof which we are sure ! More than three-fourthsof the great achievements would never have been lation. without the strength of hoping. she will become easilyprostrated and To her nature sit down to rest on the path that leads upward. aspires to every sublimity. seems to ' ' say to him : Upward. attracts her irresistibly to higher and higher altitudes. perhaps. upward 1 There it is where we shall go together !" Nothing is more contagious than enthusiasm. it is the by faith. handsome by her sublime imprudence and at every step of life. her eyes turned to heaven. and Beatrice. he said that with faith we could move the mountains. and if she is not supported by the robust arm of her lover. sustained only by love. and which woman :"3] . easilyinflamed by the warmth of poetry. Beatrice above. guides us fresh strength. performed. onward !" And with her tender litto say to us : hands ever she draws us upward. woe to us. more irresistible than the enthunothing more siasm Without of woman.and she would have helped had not made of her a Woman feels the sweet concubine or a good housewife. inspired. when he was of his religion. she is always full of faith in great and beautiful things.

. for the man she loves . they would have soared still point of view which nearly always escapes the synthetic survey of man. or a law. after having consulted science and art. woman of art. proud.THE tenderly infuses into our BOOK OF LOVE may point at the most celebrated eunuchs of the heart. glories of art and won through the ambition lent or inspired by science. into1 the knowledge of human nature. You sees things from light of love. do not see . or commerce. Chivalrous love would not like to see come a glory to woman. she is intensely ambitious. will always have something new to tell you. after having read the book of history and the book of the human heart. In small and great things. you should never fail to consult the woman who loves you. if necessary. above all. haughty. and through the action of love you will feel . without the aid of woman. strength to all. skeptic. only woman and love can give them that energy which they cannot obtain from the stimulus knows Eve how to infuse into faith the of self-love.ambition into the disheartened. reached the prodigious heights of fame . higher. experience and imagination. and you will often see them die before producing the fruit of their gigantic. had they been guided by a loving hand. Some men of talent lack the coefficientof ambition to ascend. or poetry. were In heroic and chivalrous ages this was a beloved woman. civiland martial crowns. but I most solemnly affirm that. who. and the chivalrous element. Love is a second sight. and thrones and politicalpower. or a work or industry. women publicly proclaimed and boasted of. today. she will always have her revelations. unaspiring for herself. through excessive haste or excessive pride. when are sold in houses of prostitution or at the counter of has it become fashionable to blush at owing one's matrimony. forces . and helping us with the and woman a hearts. she assists us in penetrating more deeply into the substance of every problem and. whether about a book.elevated. vanished and its place was taken by the cicisbeism of our CH43 . she discovers many hidden elements of things which we. alas! sank and perished together with many other evil things which we back again.

while today in the limbo of a new rising generation we feel that we begin to discern the germs of a more beautiful epoch for the amorous life of man. She should woman's not assist with her lasciviousness and her vanity in further brutish and vulgar. to self-sacrifice. genius may draw its greatestenergies. natures undergo the influenceof refinement in that pure air. they drag us to folly or to If a desire continues durable and pure upon martyrdom. they contemplate and admire. Then coarse poetry. of the mist or the imagery of a dream. are sublime derangements of the brain. only too rare. the higher we soar in the regions of the ideal. but .THE DEPTHS AND THE HEIGHTS OF LOVE great-grandfathers. they lead reaching the extreme limits of human possibilities to delirium. men that statue as a fantastic monument erected by the morning Not knowing whether it is an effect clouds of the mountain. from that source of with all the halo of its celestiallight. of thought and sentiwith nothing of the senses but two clasping hands and two pairs of eyes which blend together. love and is not perturbed by the highest summits of human from beneath will contemplate the contact of matter. already These love without contact. and without two any need of platonic love. social scrofula disappears and all human soil fleetinginstants Women. The pure and intimate communion ment. is certainly a voluptuousness the greatest of the sexual world . is washed off. In the rapture we feel when inhaling the pure air of the loftiest mountains. and thus in love we may feel so carried away by the fascination of the ideal as to desire a man's so debasing loves. we may sometimes forget that night is drawing near and home is far away .and it is duty to help us throw it out of our car. The more ballastlove throws away which keeps it near to the ground. the spiritwithout the matter. you should take advantage of those family and urge it on to higher to regenerate the human ! The influence of the ecstasy of sentiment on man destinies among DISH . This ballast consists all of lust and self-pride. it may so happen that in that moment creatures will forget that one of them is a Then feminine nature shines man and the other a woman.

bread. To ment. disarm the man who too often wounds the coward find no woman who loves him. living of crown Cue] . desire the conquest. or strikes. it should so be so that they could find no with moral monsters : let them be banished from the region favored with nature of love ! And the elect women. We wish to be great for your sake. still.THE BOOK OF LOVE is of shorter duration than on woman. Who crime. find no bosom of woman which to rest their heads ! As the Church once would banish excommunicated persons. noble inspirations and which roars a we we thirst for the ideal.all the fiends of the moral on world. in that conquered Hercules there is still brute. the social parasites. their smiles should be the heart. she is horrifiedat the very thought of crime. no shelter. you are weak . forth from the depths holy energies. but when you are desired you are very dares assert that he is stronger than the "no" What phalanx attempts to advance when the of a woman? ' ' finger of woman Stand back !"? : threatens and commands Woman sins at least four times less than man. she fears strong. one of the most splendid pictures human ture of the nabeings. Let us. good and the better. and if man Guide it toward the since his strength is all for you. and your angel will fall at your feet. let the ignorant. the debased. you are stronger the lion at your feet . direct it to the beautiful. but only to place it at your feet. In that lion with a subdued voice at your feet there is still much of the beast.imploring of you the kiss of the tersoon restrial You are omnipotent then. Silence the beast by running much of the human summon your slender fingers through his disheveled mane. for of triumphing genius and magnanimous genius and beauty are the most sublime interlacement of forces. should preserve their treasures for the strong and the immortal . let him have no cup but that of the coarsest voluptuousness . whom the fateful gift of beauty. is strong. wish to be strong in order to give you all our strength. every kiss of yours may the human family owe a great attainto every endearment May of yours. a useful deed! your love be the highest and dearest prize to every ambition I True. let then. for you have creature.

no atom of dust. no miasmatic exhalation ever attain. and which no worm of the soil. There. after having spread the minute fibrilsof its tiny roots into all the deep fissuresof the human world and absorbed drop liquor. and there. leaves. sends up to the branches of the robust tree every sap and every energy .flowers. and fruits drink from the rays of the sun the sweetest and most inebriati voluptuousness. ask of themselves: "And what is God?" sublimity. and man and woman. cnn . profundity becomes blended in the ecstasy of an ardent contemplation of the beautiful and the good. high in the air.THE DEPTHS AND THE HEIGHTS OF LOVE Love. every of every throb of energy. in those regions full of light and heat.

he is more dithyrambs than often lyric than epic. In he surprises you with his violence. and agitating in a convulsive kaleidoscope all the images of thought. Furthermore. then sympathy timid.more poems than philosophical treatises. incense. in his blind idolatries and in his childish sorrows. now a coward. demands great admirer of churchly gorgeousness. and writes more stories. stillbears on its folded wings some long enveloped. protests against the severe worship of certain religious even Love. in northern countries. tomorrow plore Love is childish because he is a child. no Cii83 . the youngest of human of the robe of childhood which in his games full of grace and his caprices and in his follies. in which it was strips of the wrapping Like so Love. Love is puerile because he is also so religious to all the nonsensical ideas as to be superstitious and subject that may pass through the brain of a timid and ignorant woman. childish because. then he awakens for his weakness.which. now all powerful. sects and. images. when just emerged of the chrysalis. unleashing a hero. strength. you would say that you behold before you a child genius. delights in the of the idolatry which is most pomp characteristic of the south. insignia. No religion ever had more senseless idolatry than Love. then all the impulses of the moral world. tinsel. Now your most passions. caress. carries remnants he has just discarded. altars. today he defies he will with tears imheaven with closed fists.CHAPTER SUBLIME PUERILITIES IX OF LOVE volucre from the inthe butterfly. canopies being a and tabernacles. a childish because he is a poet.

C119] . To love. where no form appears to him but the expansion and the reflection of the rays of this ingness. the poetry found at in his erratic wanderings through the heaven of the ideal. prays and adores. thing solemnly asserts that beautiful. all the human loves carried into the farthest regions of the ideal. boundary he raises himself upon the altar and casts avidious glances into the darkness of the unknown. on his knees. Not satisfied with this. All these become an of worship. everything in which the dear image is reflected. loves very much. Full of faith and fears. and the idolatry for a petal which she had scented . more Olympus had feels. Love would himself have invented idolatry if this had not had an infinityof other roots to sprout from through the human brain. To that altar he often he prays and adores at the same brings the amber and the coral gathered on the sea-shore and the gold found in the sands of the stream. from the fetish of the savage to the omnipotent. time. also. and. and offersall as a tion.he always the furthermost boundary of the human erects an altar with the richest and most beautiful material man When his command and there. and has reached field. all is transformed into a magic mirror in object does not remember which we contemplate our god. everything is holy that has been touched by the hand. on his knees. Who the adoration for a rosebush from which she had plucked a flower. foolish and who does not remember the thousand various and relicsof love? In the reliquary of love have found a place the beautiful I had a and the grotesque. all the gods.at the furtherof the human world.SUBLIME PUERILITIES OF LOVE gods.every worship. good and holy above everyis the creature whom he loves. of nature or imaginaAnd to love. and there he is suspended over the abysses of noth- In that darkness live all the infinities. the horrid and the graceful. more altars and more priests. the eye. tribute to a creature of earth or space. man most erects his altar. or the thought of the beloved. the most beautiful flowers of his thought. invisibleGod of nobler religions. world.desires. He accepts every belief.

Another of his sweetheart kept idolatry of love? . all the sublime puerilities. at a sign from us. kissing and contemplating a thread of silk which she had hel/1in her hands. but it is a comparison. And who can enumerate a shawl. if the magic brush of imagination did not also by the eye and overcolor the beauty of the things seen caressed by the hand . however. all the hymns offered to her by the multitude of men who admire and desire her. We. a dress. she would certainly feel proud that she possessed the power of calling forth so many knows where energies from the world of the living. all the ardent tendernesses. She conceals from our eyes the intimate adorations. all the insensate acts of the on of love. where the heat of so many motions accumulates. they can all spring up and erect an edifice before us. where such a scattered force gathers again? If it is true that nothing is lost of all that is takes place in so many in the infinite void of space? Modesty imposes a great sobriety of behavior formation generated. often sows and even crimes. who have slept for months and years with a book. which sions deluthe lives of artists and poets with sorrow. that. If every beautiful woman could know all the kisses. all the caresses. give vent more j and if a beautiful and fortunate woman should describe the scenes which she has witnessed in her youth. or pictures upon the black ground of a night of dreams. and which was for him the only relic his desk for long years the skull There are those as his dearest companion. Who all those rays end. Sensations accumulate such mysterious and deep energies in the brain of man. greater and more beautiful than the reality of things. freely to our effervescence than she. the revels of the heart and the most strange hysterics of sentiment. she would presentva C1203 . always less enamored often a tyrannical reserve.THE BOOK OF LOVE friend who used to weep for long hours with joy and emotion. a comparison which would often be dangerous. what transardent desires that extend on woman. No woman ever was as beautiful as the image which her lover sees in the calm of his solitary adoration.

our for honor's she is merciful and modest . humiliations worthy of a Franciscan friar and braggart rodomontades. sudden abandonments dignity.orgies of fancy and hurricanes of the senses. how many carand bacchanalia. she covers from queenly mantle. abdications of common sense. and how much baseness has woman to witness ! Fortunately for us. sake. us of her with a corner the eyes of the C121] . impudent threats of death and impossible fasts.SUBLIME PUERILITIES OF LOVE collection of caricatures before which all others would grow dim and mawkish. folly with passion. a collection which would combine the grotesque with the sublime. hiding our puerilities profane. of one's stupid sacrifices of one's own personality. How nivals much misery. and often from our own.

and with it sense. bends in a thousand different ways to senses. You may have trampled every clod. every passion. and all things act and react reciprocally. as indented as the coast of Dalmatia It is a land capricious. and while this gigantic power warms and agitates the inmost fibers of the human organism. of causes and effects. numberless 1:1223 . scented the soil of every field. but if you have not sketched the confines of than half its history. Love.changeable. it radiates its penetrating light to the furthermost confines of the world. It is a continual sense. country. which projects adjacent into close and complicated contact. So it is with love. must instant and fuse together the have most varied. but this. into all countries. sentiment and thought come or to of Norway. you know less is important for what it then. irregular. in this world can another. without following them in their capricious and vidualit serpentine lines. in turn. every force of the mind is an instrument of love. wandered through every path. Everything is and what impunely be it.CHAPTER BOUNDARIES OF LOVE. adjoins near a Not one. which is but the kiss of two creatures germs who blend for an of their power. passions and thoughts. TO THE AND X THEIR RELATIONS SENSES be surveyed without tracing exactly its boundaries. which has frontiers as vast as the human world.and drunk the water of every spring and every stream . Every interlacing of factors and instruments. which by the supreme right of existence requires the contact of two different natures. without marking the point where its indicountry A cannot ends and the influence of the neighboring country begins to be felt.

We easily have a comparative idea of the various parts which the four To senses take in love by comparing these four moments: see the beloved woman and gaze at her for a long time . but ascending to the high spheres of the animal world and of the human microcosm. be entrusted to the clinicof pathological Of the other four senses. I regret at times that one of the greatest poets did not sing the sublime voluptuousness of love with such loftiness of style as to leave his pen unconwould like to know also the limits of the genius of lust. to inhale voluptuously the aroma with which she is wont to scent her robe. sight and smell range between the two former in very differentdegrees. and twinges with delight. hearing impassions and can conquers.to mark the confines. greatest part in love. touch has the psychology. Perhaps man C1233 .too. the pen of the writer would slip into the fieldwhere science becomes lasciviousness. of ours. which takes no part in the pleasures of love. The senses. Touch conquers.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE to the sense relations of touch. in thinking that where poetry taminated. to hear her voice without seeing her. a hundred thousand. except in peculiar cases. In inferioranimal forms. hearing the smallest. as well as in human natures of a low and bestialtype. for this glorious lacuna leftby modesty in the fieldofrhuman knowledge. which can. that physical love is a sublime form of contact and touch. love is nothing but touch and contact . A thousand. to embrace her passionately. however. with the exception of taste. It could even be said. smell cherishes and inebriates. differmore in the nature of the joys and sorrows with which they take part in the greatest of human passions than in the various quantities of elements which they yield to love. without departing from strictscientific truth. of this human norance but I find some consolation for this sublime igpossibility. a million notes would be insufficientto express all the harmonies and melodies of amorous contact. the other senses also add their flowers to the garland of love. sight reveals and charms. without any scruple. and as the most voluminous dictionary in the world would decline to enter upon such an undertaking.

every molecule individuality carries that returns to the spheres of its own away something that does not belong to it. is always moulded for it by its anatomy. in contact are always two sparks that fly. will transmit the innate of life. two feet that come A molecule of a man touch impunely a who loves can never of hair that touches his love . positive. and although rapid than lightning. and the Adam. something is already lost of that waxy spreads upon the virginal fruit still varnish which nature preserving the perfume of the tree that nourished it. in love. but when skin has touched skin. A hand that clasps one.and leaves with stone the other something of itself. while she has entirely passed into our we the woman molecule of the woman the contact may be more who returns ' C124I . where an intimate of two kisses creates a new existence. when a finger has touched a finger. touch always keeps the character Touch. two a mass fires that blend in two of hair means streams of voluptuousness rushing into the bed of one river. made oversensitiveby voluptuousness. always deeply sensual.THE BOOK OF LOVE contact current kept silent and science inactive. steal so much. that we may find ourselves carried into the sphere of love. an unknown man. Woman may delude* herself into believing his hand has that she is unblemished by man's contact when but touched the hem of her garments or the leather of her is always a shoes. and will love ! From the purest caress on a mass of hair to the greatest hurricane of voluptuousness. which was never written on papyrus nor sculptured in marble or bronze.definite. Touch soft iron with the loadand you will see it magnetized . in love. son of science of love. Touch is always the act of possession. touch a molecule of a man with that of a woman and the two molecules will not be what they were before. with a second kiss. Sublime science. but is transmitted in the flash of a kiss through thousands of generations that loved.uncontrasted and uncontrastable possession. a mass a hand means. pour all the nectar of the chalice of voluptuousness into the lips of the daughter of Eve. gradually. love. and the thousand contacts can. transmits to the new together with the sparks all the treasures of past voluptuousness.

believes she has remained a virgin after a kiss given Whoever and returned is a hypocrite. held back and while too elevated natures live long 'together. handclasping and kiss. " Sight is the first messenger of love. It is not hypocrisy alone that makes modesty more exacting in higher races . of course. at every contact. by the barrier of a handshake. like him who believes that the quer. into that of the other senses and that of Vulgar natures begin where refined natures end . every definite boundary has vanished and everything is possible. even the insuperable heights of voluptuousness. and rapid and penetrating as it is. but adroitness and fortune are necessary to make it possible to stop there for a long time. never. which you should never tremendous sign. over which halo.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE sphere. you may in rare cases arrive at the kissi that you may receive . Even in touch love has but two principal even stations before the goal is reached. and in elect natures it is so prodigal of joyto lovers as to excel. sentiment. means a boundary that is eliminated between two properties. but remember that a kiss returned is a bond. in exquisitely elevated natures a contact is more because it radiates rapidly. From handclasping to the kiss the path may be to perform a dangerous hundred very long and endless. do not let your adorers go behandclasping . It is typical of this most powerful passion miracles a day and thus arrest voluptuousness at the lastboundary of kissing.it sounds at a stroke the is suspended. but beyond a kiss given and returned. Not in vain the modest woman trembles and rebels innocent Every sensation of touch. unless you intend to change your name. as in a abysses of infinitebeauty. What one contemplates with object Sight possesses everything save C1253 . in extensity if not in intensity. the delirium of possession. the of our love.into the field of voluptuousness. in love. studied reticence of lust may still leave something to confortune have dangerous be to O women the who yond beautiful and to be desired. the bold and uncouth rustic ration throws a kiss to the girl and embraces her at the firstdeclaof love. it means the loss of a property.

the animal instincts and the The eye is the lower passions to contemplate its panoramas. all psychical No possesses this gigantic other sense energies of man. beautiful. When and conquers. measures. Sight is made to accompany delicious excursion.THE BOOK OF LOVE ties the eyes of love from head to foot always ends in two infiniinto which desire hurls itselfwith frenzied audacity and us in that insatiable curiosity. If one does not lower rendering themselves more the chaste eyelids. compares and controls with incredible agility all the elements of the esthetic for its light illumines world. and while not a single curve of the thousand labyrinths through which the mobile feminine beauty seems to nutter and flicker can escape them. senses. in fact. and while it refines desire and frees passion from the coarsest lasciviousness. at the little vortex of a curl or at the pass opalescence of a nail. the highest regions of the ideal. The eyes of love have all the virtue of the telescope and the microscope. they also attain the the eye admost mires sublime summits of ideal beauty.it may so happen that the firewill spread from the high spheres of the esthetic ideal down to the vile and brutish instincts. it can also compel us to pass and re- with vertiginous speed. all thought. This. penetrates through opaque bodies and makes them transparent. is illumined in turn and shows The of two brilliant stars exchanging beautiful. happens in all men of a loving eye to us the phenomenon their lights and on a base type. all passions. analyzes. every emotion of love is rapidly transferred to . eye which rests the rays of its light illumines it. and as it can tarry long and suavely at a dimple of the cheek. a thousand times in a minute.it elevates the faculty of elevating us compelling the minor to man who love to the highest spheres of human the veils that cover the possibility. first minister of the mind. Touch likes to remove it contemplates. it invites to the picture which it draws from nature all senses. threads its way through the most intricate folds. and while it sees it also surmises. divines. through the divine lines that enclose our treasure. inspects. sight need not divest the and woman object every shade.

In a flash of the eye you have seen a beauti' ' being and immediately said : Oh. enamored of voluptuous analysis. In elect natures. When new a world to contemplate in the cerulean star-thistle firsttime in her which our sweetheart interweaves for the D273 . how many months. Perhaps I will some if I attempt to write a "Physiology of Beauty.a world of beautiful things have surprised. the angelic creature !" A chaos of sensations. always vanishes before we beauty. While the former has well determined boundaries and a definitetask. In the last day of his lifethere is always some "unknown land" which the eye has not yet discovered or sufficiently explored. a sight has ever some in the world can always world to conquer. the angelic creature !" Nature was very generous in distributing attractionsin the bodies of and woman. the most powerful king can always know the extent in square miles of his but he who loves a beautiful creature dies without having seen. And this is just the intimate difference which distinguishestouch from sight. to eyes to roam sity study every flower. to include a number dominions you.sad day of our life have been enabled to see all the But to the esthetic treasures of succeeded in adding those of art. man man and the short.every petal of each flower. beauty to discover. do. in turn. a region to explore. how many years will be required for your through the thousand paths of that garden. The richestman count the dollars and the stocks he possesses. kiss and fecundate where love and beauty meet and. the eye has love for a companion it finds each other. contemplated or admired all. in ' ' order to say again. the latter widens the limits of its : dominions infinitely greater in esthetic ful combinations. but how many days. five or ten years after : Oh." in which. I intend to point out the general laws which govern the Here I must only describe the confines esthetic world. how many poems of delight. forms of human nature. we have added to our forms such and so many beauties that it is easier to day imagine than to enumerate them. What inten- enraptured. and with the thousand artifices of garment and ornaments. on the contrary.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE the regions of touch.

A beautiful woman who is desired seldom seems us frivolous and heartless. also to discover. sense which. may enclose in the nest of its littlebuttons of mother of pearl so beauties as to stir our senses or infuse an unknown many new into us. The man voluptuousness who loves a beautiful laughs compassionately at the polygamist pasha who woman beauties of the to find the hundred needs a hundred women human Venus. and. in the thousand of her flexuous body. how many affections. and with the right directing our gaze toward of Mercury. which loving care of the forms in which germs are moulded into living bodies. Nature defends and protects the beautiful everything else. to pardon every crime. proceeds to effect moral and intellectual discoveries in the person beloved. fault is not of the eyes. in love. apron in the crimson geranium nificent which gives a maglittle locks. by the flash of the eye and the throbbing of the facial muscles. evokes before the eyes of a hundred. perhaps because it is the crucible in which the good and the true are melted together. of nature. However. If I wished to indicate by an ideographic sign all the varied and essential parts which the sense of sight assumes in love.THE BOOK OF LOVE golden hair. a naughty muslin relief to her raven continent. us Sight is the only However. how many thoughts find in the one whom we intend to make ours forever. to accept the most but of the senses. and a glove. above all. can we beauty is such a powerful tyrant in love that it forces us under its yoke and usurps the rights of the highest to needs.and the fascination of beauty may impel shameful in us the compromises with our conscience. a sort above that desire has such a with the left hand leading Voluptuousness the earth. I would use the figure. but a thousand women. and may cause most this ridiculous and farcical hallucinations. that too see. on the . which too may become a new or cruelly and too tightly squeezes a rosy littlehand. undulations her lover not with a in the variety of her smiles. all beautiful differentbeauty. and the beautiful woman. in the arsenal of her garments. but and we not only contemplate to admire and to enjoy. ardently. of a winged messenger.

while the heart to throb with woman's virile timbre of his voice causes feminine deeply sexual desires.) rare exceptions. affectionate We would say that it stirs affections. such as are be termed lascivious may phenomena. chastely reveal their sex. it perturbs and confuses us. where in holiest and most live the good and the beautiful. There are some the most suavely do their notes penetrate into the greatest depths of the heart. I am I am a woman. and the heart pitates ing violently. of certain waves. frightened by the rustle of the leaves. if we set aside the prominent part it has as an instrument We are not to discuss here music or the of thought. her as though not sound of the voice. I am languishing with love.and always brought to us by some sounds which (the swish murmur of a silk gown. the warbling of some but beyond these notes. you at once. pleasures almost tactile. as that of a girl bathing. am alone. small but interesting part in the story of love.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE highest regions of the ideal. and resembles a caress by the wing of a swan voices that cannot be heard with impunity. the true and tender company the sublime. part. say. where are preserved all the variform archetypes of sublimity. hearing has a tender. The voice of which throbs with excitement and emotion* some women . other sweet things: "I am alone. the sweetest. "I am beautiful. canintelligent. before trustlooks around little foot to the wave. who. so while it delights us. palof their voices." . but the purely Hearing yields some very sensual. affects us deeply and lastingly. I want I await you ardently. beyond the idea it represents."but it can say. etc. the sexual character of the feminine voice affects man. Man through the notes and woman. many The very much of a woman. most impassioned Man have each a peculiar voice. them to vibrate with. I desire much. I etc. predisposing birds. and the and woman . a Hearing has through value of ideas communicated sensual influence of the ear in amorous words.

and. and even before powerful instigators the female has seen the companion by whom she desires to be conquered. More than once have resisted the seductions of sight.THE The BOOK OF LOVE seduction of the voice has some of the characteristics attributed to ancient sorcery. a few words. we know how to reproduce without having recourse to the power of life. in love. or in the lower type of men of high races. but it exercises. and we feel ourdisturbed. with imart. almost humiliated at being vanquished without a batcarried off without our consent. is never forgotten. dear Love has many mysterious relations to the olfactory sense. And this influence of the voice lastsa long time. of every bark. the work of a witch. by means of every petal. delivers us. bound.often survives love itself. perhaps. Hearing will cast its fishing-line than one love has been waters of our affection. indifference. the violence of we touch. hand a voice seems to us of a mysterious power which demands and foot. the perfume of every calyx. mixing the odors of flowers with exciting aromas. contempt. the pudent repugnant smell of many enamored animals. it surprises. surprised. a powerful influence even This sense of perfumes which we have conquered from nature and which. but the voice conquers us. in the most refined natures. as in the firstday into the deepest of our love. of every leaf. against which rebellion is impossible. the selves wind carries to us the sound of a voice. reconquered. In the animal world perfumes are often the more direct and in amorous struggles. tle. may be a powerful excitant in inferior races. the wings of the wind have carried to her nostrils inebriates fills her a perfume that and with voluptuousness. by the omnipotence of chemistry. and more a resuscitated miraculously from the coldest ashes by voice which we had. long since forgotten. into the arms from us the blindest submission. After long years of silence. fascinates and conquers a and we are unable to discover the cause of such We feel ourstorm selves roused by a few sounds. and the fascination of us. We have brought into our power the essence C1303 .

and perhaps a few will be women able to tell you. titillating of odors no longer and morbid wave his strength in relation to a chaste and robust virilmeasures ity. will tell you that perfumes are a powerful weapon in the of them possess an irresistible arsenal of love and that some charm over the senses of man. more than anything else. or will answer with a blush. it gives relief to and improves all those perfumes by adding an infinitesimal quantity of a matter. to remain a long time in the warm It is difficult atmosphere of voluptuousness without sacrificinga great part of those noble forces which are destined for higher attainments . last drop but squeezes from the fruit the of juice. and this explains why no impassioned mania for perfumes He who plunges into moral influence over us. no voluptuousness than smell. Ask the art of the perfume-maker. the tepid. And if by a long experience they have already learned the most subtle all the finestarts of coquetry. and by abandoning them or to the savage woman who anoints herself from courtesan. If you study the expression on the face of a woman who is scenting a very odorous flower and feels as though inebriate picture resembles. and in delights. solely for has more intimate ties with animal sense this reason. can have a C1313 . and it will answer that. Ask why love perfumes so much. fetid in itself. Ask many oversensual men and they will tellyou that they cannot visitwith impunity the laboratorieswhere essences and perfumes are you will see that such a made.a sublime scene of love. but taken from the organs of love of some animal. after having mixed a hundred essences of flowers and leaves. they mysteries of the senses.BOUNDARIES we OF a LOVE essence so have concentrated in few drops of much centrate olfactory voluptuousness as warm spring could hardly conin a flowering meadow Now or in a tropical forest the deep and intense voluptuousness of perfumes is the daughter of a remote atavism which makes us susceptibleof the sexual exhalations of many living beings and. the rapid convulsion of weariness imagines new debasement and the contempt for But between this human to the perfumes there is an abyss.

THE BOOK OF LOVE reason. head to foot. through the petals of a rose. we a throw away. between the crepuscules nally of two sighs. could be called lasciviousness? Nature is eterof lust? rich. C132H .hyacinths and narcissus. and around our weave the garlands we with her flowers joysdo not deplete her inexhaustible gardens. without any much of dear and sweet voluptuousness which and enjoyed cultivated by us without any offense to morals. Do you believe that a kiss given to that one you whom love and who is yours. is a sin could be Do you ever believe that love gathered in a shower of violets.

it rules. most perfect love that a man desire dream race can or of superior of. when they come eliminate each other. The most sublime. most constant. is such a in contact with them. bright flame. now struggle that conquers. and a bull is beating his horns against her legs .CHAPTER BOUNDARIES OF XI RELATIONS TO OTHER LOVE " THEIR " SENTIMENTS JEALOUSY In the Apollo room in the Vatican you will see an ancient bas-relief representing two bacchantes with the Dionysian thyrsus . having come The to the sun. or causes them to deviate from the line followed by them before. too small fragment of cosmic matter which. each controlled by certain laws in its a own sphere . from time to time. in comparison with all other sentiments. when it comes like and draws them into the orbit of its movements. are kindled the sparks of a desire that flaresUp. the These two are other falls exhausted from intoxication. then calm possession. one is standing. attracts thing that. Love. lasting as long as life. is attracted and devoured by that body. lust transpires on her face. but they are also the two most elementary forms of the sentiment that bind man Now to woman. but can only change in form. wavers and disappears. of the voluptuousness of love. then affectionate blandishment moments that restrains. an ardent energy. and at which. she bears the thyrsus. they conglomerate or influence which exercise a mutual a so to disappear from the powerfully influencedby it as to seem people. When an moment affection approaches love it is together. while neither matter nor force sight of the common be destroyed. is a hot. near sentiments are forces. can ever . while the heat of voluptuousness is flamingwithin her.

We may thirst for wealth and glory as but in the background we behold the the greatest of joys. too. BOOK OF LOVE On very fallacious arguments are advanced It is said.THE this every day. at perpetual . and although the latter is a gigantic affection. but as long as he has one limb intact. for instance.the tortures of childbirth. offer as holocaust to love offer to love the wealth. on animals prefer death to abandoning the faithful companion. could be considered as forms of egotism. love represents the greatest of energies. the anxious cares of domestic and educational think. since a very high need of a generous seneven the martyr satisfies timent. glory. Apart from a few elect creatures to woman. the history of sorrow which. his eyes gouged .and this somebody is- ni34u . in the intoxication of struggles? And how many love.'they are preparing for themselves? Even the most and loves a whom sires deperfect egotist.yet it pales before the brilliantlight of the Titan of the Affections.if he be a healthy man. And uses we do it to embrace the female in an amorous not. because we seek in it the greatest voluptwo love but j affectionsthat follow and egotism are us to love andifferent orbits. perhaps. every hoped for glory.since the former causes other many subject creature the preservation of the and has as its object species. by an inexorable law. burned. every flower and every fruit of the garden of life must be laid at the feet of somebody.. then all the sentiments. while the latter makes us love ourselves and tends to preserve the individual. even the most generous ones. for victory must be laid. every satisfied vanity. Even the toad suffers himself to be tortured. science? Does not woman long illnessof gestation. outline of a feminine creature at whose feet the trophies of because. that love is the most egotistic tuousness of sentiments. to have his limbs amputated. war the contrary. the supreme joysof the creations of thought are permitted. the pains pf nursing.he clasp. I do not speak of woman. with egotism. Many Love is. If by egotism.we mean the desire of satisfying a need. the crowning of every edifice. all riches desired. of the bitternessand the thorns which they are sowing in that moment . her.

on the horizon of every sublime glory To love and to be loved is of all human in the world of the suprasensible.BOUNDARIES always a man. of the most inebriating loving a enthusiasms of love. the debt which nature in vain claimed from him during his and denying selfishmanner. love . the most prodigal and most splendid of the passions that tribute which they cannot refuse to themselves. covetous lecheries of old age. trained to and living in the most sordid egotism. tocsin of old age begins to sound when. through the feverhysteria of early youth. Between the automatic lust of adolescence and the studied a sexual form. and even the religions of every country have always promised to the good and the believer an eternity of love in the harem of voluptuousness. perhaps. but in ." I do not deny that in some human monsters egotism. ish and. life ends must The OF LOVE fireworks with which every festivity of be bottom a at the always of every woman. as a so powerful as to exclude sacrificemade to the god "Myself. we pass. prodigal. generous. too. of the holy voluptuousness of a age. and you will be able if all that fantastic world is not. he too pays. but such cases are very rare if they last the whole curs life. love is The but for every age the sweetest joy.and becomes expansive with her. the minute will never for him in which he shall be compelled to say the tremendous that we are no words: "I cannot. at one time and in a very ridiculous way. It often oc- that a man. young and mature Great egotistsalso love. falls in love when old with a poor young girl. love is for all and always the highest promise. rare when they last for a shorter period. The gods of every Olympus also have and there are feminine forms for the males the cradle to and masculine forms for the females. From the grave. things the best . to the deep passions of virility ." is. a transubto tell me stantiation of love. They are ignorant of the most sublime joys. the burning pages of the mystic writers. Read vulgar revelry and there is ever an Eve. with the firstwhite hairs. we fear longer able to love. or in a mystic but amorous ecstasy. come anxiously hopes that the hour. and every one ardently.

The child scratches and bites him who touches or spoils its fruits its toy.energy developed by the The paternal. One would say that it is the language of the alchemists. Jealousy really property applied to love. our father. this jealousy is but a form of hatred. one would believe that we it were stilldealing with the "nothing white. "nd is sufficient to prove this. More complex are the influences which stillneeded. or. in fact. to be more specific. but they also love. devotion to our the country. the most natural. of possession and that of self-esteem exercise upon love. signifiesa pain of the sentiment of love. the filial. the sentiment. This in all times and in almost all pain is natural in all men. employed to express the chemical composition of bodies. our dearest thing. the friendly sentiment. love have been offended C1363 . our sweetheart. but always hatred aroused by grief. it grieves us to be robbed of our books. It is not necessary to create a new energy or a new word to express this because he has brutally hafred. same mechanism. compare with woman's more will find it easy to penetrate into the mysteries of this part striking contrast. our It is the to injury touches our sweetheart. our country. our offended our son.THE woman BOOK OF LOVE than oneself . man with that of a young wocompare the love of an old man : you will have in the former ah egotisticaltype of love. to demonstrate the queer confusion of language in relation to psychical facts. should be hated." the "philosophic ' ' tetrascelitetraoxicoquindodeca" of our good wool" and the are ancestors. the importance given to jealousy The physiological study of jealousy if would be sufficient.the sentiment caused by the offense done us through the infidelityof the person we love. who races. the most legitimate of all hatreds. of psychology} and if you desire a more that the differences may be represented in a bolder relief. We may beat or kill a man friend. that he garden. in the latter a generous one.' then. they love in If you wish to study the physiognomy their own of way. five offenses given to five different sentiments. or of the flowers of our It is natural. love and you man's egotistical love. And.

injured. then. as to lead to assault or assassination . like a horse or a dog. cup out of which drink. then. to tell me a minute afterward where the stone broke that to make distinctions You are very foolish. water? between identical things I" In polygamous man races. races Only in the higher and monogamous the sentiments of a love. to be of assistance to those who have " had rendered us violence. why should there be jealousy?A may every one "Woman is the Bolivian woman once cynically told me: Throw a stone into it: will. but she can be given away without either disgrace or jealousy. forming triple armor incite us to defend her "with claws and around our woman. was the presence sentiment deemed necessary in order that the crime we have responded with might Certainly not. is a nations. self-esteem and property. and C137] . but sexual intercourse. should we create a new ousy? jealsentiment All sentiments. and to this unyielding body. to repel those who have offended them. lead us to close friendships. woman woman If jealousy. we give the name of "jealousy". beak" . for many savages. to whom love is nothing.BOUNDARIES in us. With various alone can be jealous is a property like any other. are all the phenomena of jealousy reduced to this When as the instinct is satisfied. we Is it jealousy. you man. hence she can be voluntarily offered to the friend or to the guest. They do not want anybody to steal her. to harm those from whom have received that pain. dric ones. But in these various cases. All injured sentiments lead us. when our country given on us these satisfactions. the contrary. it was simply asserted that an be committed? insult to the flag of blind and led us to commit love is offended. promiscuous there can be no are and woman is considered woman common property. OF a LOVE and or new blows of a centrifugal hatred. the hatred that an animal manifests toward any creature which interrupts it in its loves? Well.you be able water of a stream. consisting of the union of three sentiments. It was said that the had aroused such distress in us paternal affection. the unions single form. . when satisfied. to endearments. with death. in polyanonly can be jealous legally. and why.

of a dissimilar phenomena are (2 ) The sorrow born of the sentiment of self-esteem. self a pathological sentiments -pride. constitutional suspicion. that is to love. Such empiricism ! Is this not actual C 138 3 . to wit : (1 ) The sorrow single sentiment. then every heart that loves must be jealous . which would previously defined. discussions. after having confused three different things. the most grouped. such a coarse by grief. and that they an are all accompanied empiricism. the triple combination of three say. not not say puerile. (3) A sorrow (4) An habitual. for an injury to property . and each that we an can be even jealous without we a loving. the grief of injured love. The only common ties among these psychical phenomena are these : that all apply to a love offended. arid name shall understand of single effectiveenergy. country. If by words were the sorrow take place if mean jealousy you caused by not being loved or by being deceived. Let us proceed to other. that form of tyrannical suspicion which tortures you mean the person possessed by it. thus.THE here we BOOK OF LOVE have same a name. elementary Under the analysis. and always in are jealous and vain. which centers the person beloved or possessed. we as have already excessive. possession and irritability of suspicion. another thing called such confusion were by the But. we discuss at length. whoever loves country. a special psychical individual organizat called jealousy become suspicious and tyrannical by which we not though toward reason And we the person we love and whom offend without any we and from whom withhold all legitimate liberty. second psychical form. mother.then I shall tell you that we very well can and should love without ever feeling that jealousy. in order to decide whether all men " " whether whether to measures jealousy anyone can love with an exact ruler and love without being jealous : vain. mother. or alleged to be on caused by a love offense . offended. cannot witness without sorrow an But if by jealousy offense offered to son. son.

It seems has not a clear historical origin. above race. and yet we own than one's children? not jealous when others love them. Foolish lamentations. parts of Spain. and father and mother fondling them. look for some occasion of sorrow deeply more and regret. with it. cases an ethnical character. You should love your companion in love in the same fear must not be the wrath and if you fear to lose him. according to the special constitution of a In any case. Can anyone love anybody on earth are Certainly not. to taunt their lovers with this many because you are not do not love me foolish plaint: "You How can you love me if you do not feel for me the jealous.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE alchemy. May a benign fate keep it to cure. and dear and lovely women will continue. and. and where the husband. but assumes jealousy contact through peoples become jealous in Sicily and in certain as ones. ica . is one Words of the most Jealousy thrown to the winds! if one is born constitutional psychological maladies. ethnical forms. as I learned. that in some to me. and. sublimely vie with each other in adoring and manner .Spaniards. often uttered by slightest jealousy?" happy creatures who. her. Portuguese are very jealous the most jealous of all are the Brazilians. merely because he is rich and powerful.it is very difficult 139 3 IT . in Amerall. and becomes necessary in all countries where polygamy prevents man psychical phenomenon." and the oxide of zinc "philosophic wool"! As is not jealousy an elementary but simply an empirical mixture. and. finding it strange and against nature to be too happy. Italians. that Vain counsels ! of the inquisitor nor the clutch of the miser. The jealousy of many and from perhaps monogamous with polygamous however. The common people will certainly not be persuaded by the and will continue to measure my psychological analysis. it has many and varied physically and morally satisfying a woman. perhaps. that which called all volatile bodies "spirits. heaven knows many for how centuries. selects his wife and forces his love upon Oriental nations is proverbial. force of love by the unreasonableness of suspicion. in Europe.

between sincere lovers. and acquittal. A or hundred feverish times better a lightning that kills consumes us than our jaundice which sources the stamina of the lives. die a violent death. of love. penetrates every pore of the skin. they should not drag a or miserable existence between the courts and the prisons. society. doubting. indifference the man jealous And It is love he always fears hypocrisy. love is worm Let that woodof jealousy. esteemed. and that the highest and noblest creatures have always loved The day when we perceive that we are no without jealousy. always armed. into every mouthful of bread. What a hellish life! a hundred times better not to love than to love in this way. to a frank question. has many legitimate No relations to love. a frank answer . The punishment men of the few jealous with exquisitely gentle heart should be this: to know that those who are as as they generally entertain more jealous self-love than love. he seeks the lie in a caress. when we From suspicion to condemnation replacing it with jealousy. and to love and esteem our companion. suffering.THE from you! BOOK OF LOVE It poisons the dearest joysof life. woman which freedwoman. C1403 . the present and the in a kiss. but they should die in a hurricane in a battle. of which it enriches the treasures. as it has already largely declined in Jealousy. deceived. when in the moral relations between the two sexes all trace of hypocrisy shall have disappeared. is always spying. is the surest guarantee of defense against that sordid parasite. when when matrimony the choice shall be always reciprocal. with alert ear and prying eyes.will continue to decrease in the future. and all those lepers once. the jealousy-mad. will disappear at Self-esteem. monogamous poisons all shall be but the sanctificationof love. let love die without are longer loved. let suspicion or love die. independent of jealousy. besides. the path cannot must not be a long one . pours its gall into every drop of water. in future. let the husband or lover to be a slave or a cease cease to be the proprietor of a woman. To know that we are loved. he investigatesthe past. it transforms the man who loves into a policeman. of our joy. deeply and sincerely.

and that of the minor stars are invisible. then. and when she radiates such and reserve an the apathetic. in the same way. less with admirable art. It is almost always beyond human envies us. the light that wanes.BOUNDARIES man. that is to say. may conquer men women. and we were have seen by what paths one is led to therefore obliged to consider friendship. compassion. just as men oftener than a war women through pure vanity. OF LOVE no a woman by most in the world. we however. Lovers and sweethearts. strength to be delighted in without these joys. aureole of light as to dazzle the adorer With the majestyof a queen and the and without opening her lips. and of the moon life. D413 . she can say to all: "Envy me. undertake of conquest. can help feeling proud. knowing that he or she is loved noble creature. as are horses and palaces. take the place of love When the sun shines in the heavens. and if a prohibits our heralding our good fortune. solely as trophies of war. and all other tender affections can longer be seen or felt. belong to the history of pride and vanity. we In that study love. as a pretext . off love. other sentiments as sources compassion and many have relation to the But all endearing sentiments may Prince of Affections. of a woman. when love glows above the horizon of friendship. and many them not. however. incapable of loving. I am loved!" Holy and justand ' chaste pride. All these of love. and we have already dealt with them in our study on the sources may. objects and it is natural for human vanity to seek those things and to appreciate and utilize them to humiliate those who have Vanity uses love. which I wish all the daughters of Eve who shall have deserved love should feel. she is proud of a noble love. but when love disappears we can no see the minor sentiments take its place. man. facts. knows how to say countrenounce delicate reserve things silently. which can humiliating others and without any shadow of rancor. choirs of adorers and famous beauties may be of luxury. relish the secret joyof knowing that the world can. Woespecially.

and some of the ferocious kindnesses of the assassin. set We we does it matter love him.some of the generous impulses of the thief are preserved for the companion of love. A creature spire despicable in every respect must please us very much to inwith love . saying : ' ' Let him dare throw the first woman.for certain natures. and this sentiment must be really gigantic if it conquers human conventionalities. spat of everybody's in the pillory of universal hatred? contempt. woman for the pure and virgin oasis in who loves him. but only too often they are Love is deserves them.has in his heart. No man C 142:1 . it pleases "Before the inappellable rudeness of this explanation what can science say. creature !" And the man who. What stood in need of loves.. ever. he still has some untainted place in his for beloved one the soul . some which his love is lying. all the perand bitter. great man. and the same may be saidof a brutal or stone tiful who feels himself incapable of loving this beauness. abject. that is enough. a us. Because do we love her? And why do us. in the world is entirely wicked. blushing with shame. and we can have immense esteem and deep for the most veneration for the most despicable man. could often.han a homely us criminal for any reason. like ancient Phryne. beautiful courtesan if the object by is in disgrace a "love public upon eyes.THE Esteem. and lacked illustriouslovers. what can morality suggest? Science recognizes the fact and explains it. strip her before the world. we love him? Why love her . It has been said with much more was truth that no woman ardently loved t. A man. through crime or basehas been banned from civilizedsociety. a woman of the street or abject if accused of loving a debased or silly woman. at me. conreserved cealed possesses. vulgar prejudices and the most persistent habits. veneration BOOK OF LOVE and all other analogous sentiments may be companions of love. but it is true. bestowed upon a creature who little thing wizard that transforms and beautifiesand magnifies everyhe touches. and this love. It does not reflectmuch honor upon most wicked woman. ilous intoxicating aromas and seductions of strong poisons. No brigand ever no often deep and ardent.

and impudently parade such love. together with our idol of a day.but. hands. love must not only be the companion of The woman we our voluptuousness. morality erects a when. or by our insolence to act as pedestal for the offended its head and flagellates. We should not consecrate the blush of our face in that of our children. alone. We can raise. and. to us if we shall and the hour of revenge has passed. the most ardent we must erect a temple to the most voluptuous joy. execrate the name When pride has lost its keenness. Woe is a crime " to us Liars in our own paramour! eyes. in which we can worthily n 143 3 . acknowledges are too frequent. admits loves without great alluvium! esteem. which. memory of the mother. of the father or the and will. in the end. and proud. and with our most sublime sentihim. with our own ments decorate his tabernacle. perhaps. we defy. the holiest and most inviolable laws of beauty and honesty. who will curse our wicked loves. that they only Where science is still and humiliates itself. we dare boast of loving a vile creature. Love without esteem and a crime which breeds other crimes. like an ancient alchemist.for an instant. but also the mother of our children. then. bowing its head with a blush of shame. woe find ourselves alone with estimation ! a creature whom we cannot hold in If Love is really the holiest thing of life. first. end by becoming truly ribalds. as though intending by our arrogance to impose silence on indignant decency. natural sentiments. like normal situations.and all encircled and hidden by mire. we permit no gentle creature to approach us who could inspire us pure and noble affection. affection. transmutes the vilest metals into liquid gold and discovers the only diamond buried in the sand of Science. the vilestcreatures on the shield with a of pride. but our arms will tire and we will roll into the mire.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE Such is the omnipotence of this sentiment. bold avengers of public contempt.are the healthiest and most enjoyable. Human passions may try many stunts and tricks. loves must be the husband and the father a woman the man of the family. we then bold and insolent.

we would see the human family regenerated in the course a we see men generation. be- the step-parents of every love without esteem. of a woman. educated through voluptuousness. like every organism born of evil. no contents. when coupled. lives a scrofulous and rachitic life. for the hell that threatens. we would then substitute as the caresses the kisses of a man. of would If woman For the prison that terrifies. artistic skill inimitable esthetic conception. should concede her love only to the honest and if it were loved no woindustrious man. every impulse come of lofty ambition.while we it with the most aromatic leaves and the most god. which. Men we should vie with and women. man possible that man but a modest one. unless perfumed it. each other in gleaning fields and gardens and in bearing to love every gentle affection. Lust and pride. If love is really the most precious gem. and breath. Love born among crimes and turpitudes with thorny shrubs and thistles. should be worthy of its Nothing but noblest things should touch it. no be exhaled near and roses.THE BOOK OF LOVE adore him is a as a nest woven should weave beautiful flowers. no heat should warm it but that of the kisses of caress two loving lips. we should enclose it in a casket which.full of sorrows and calamities. Shall this eternally be a dream? ways alto make threaten and assault men them better? Shall we to cure men not have a medicine less cruel than sorrow of vice and crime? ni44n . for richness of material. educative Shall we energies. should with sandalwood hand but that of an angel should it.every noble aspiration.

being poor in moral energy. they return to and. be an ally now First instrument of seduction. from head to foot. a victim of love. and then only to fall back into the previous lethargy the moment they are left without the stimulus of desire. How who has been ing of these spring lovers and who remembers havhim. living between his nels. and while it bemay. once verses and fell on his knees at her feet. poetry is the song of spring. lasting as long as the petals of Their cold and indolent imagination indulges in a a rose. an ardent creature.CHAPTER BOUNDARIES OF LOVE " XII RELATIONS TO THEIR THOUGHT for very different reasons. which he covered with bitter tears ! and 1:1453 . they may continue to possess a woman. For very many. too. varieties of flanchocolate and his nightcap.then falls wingless on the highroad. thought revives. rise above themselves when called upon to oiler an unusual tribute on the new altar. in the May of their life they have only a smile of poetry. As but they are men. full of imagination. Many awake except by the kiss of love. plodding until death. it strengthens itself. but healthier brains. wearing seven loved by one wrote using ten different kinds of lozenges. often a woman. flares up in contact with the new sentiment. and now to the external form next of the body. emits its feeble trill. prosaic and mute their prose and taciturnity when the season of loves is past. before having loved. as occurs with comes every other energy condensed in our brain . little flightamong the bushes of the garden or the orchard. once seen to persuade herself that the man finds it very difficult who today is all prose.exhibiting some of its rarest. Thought purer. most torpid intellects do not exquisite fruits.

might be totally unknown love that is born in a ways sublime brain accumulates gigantic forces. but down in the depths of the heart some images. Being a sentiment born during youth or during old age. and is derived from self-love and from the psychical nature of the person loved. and have a stronger power when the artist. at every song of the lyre. so that love seems and intensifies genius. offersto it the richest as the enamored bird sings its tributes of its energy. may conceal love. and therefore difficult force can oppose it. The influenceof love upon the forces and forms of thought is twofold. And with C146H . when the companion beauall its perfumes and the fascination of its most tiful colors around the nest in which plants love. without having had at least a great capacity for loving. the flower conmost denses Thought. artists companion and and writers of the world had love as its first inspirer. and even statesmen continual and powerful be studied in their works. at every touch of the brush. poets. just harmonious notes for its companion.the poet.forced or voluntary. rising at every than a woman. it warms mental aptitudes that generally reach their climax at the same age when love manifests its greatest energies. A chaste genius which loves is a legion of fighting forces. the head of the state is a woman. BOOK OF LOVE their loves a instead. These influences can upon the lives of many artists. supreme and without this sentiment their names of art. and reviving or kindling the sacred fire an The genius of many among the greatestpoets. and genius dyes with splendid hues every amorous manifestation. angel more inspiration of genius. no irresistible of love. resembling have sway. derive from stimulus to the works of thought.THE More fortunate men. Chastity. a whole host of winged geniuses. refines to us. The to transform into them. Very be a poet or a great artist without having can rarely a man loved intensely. it especially rejuvenated excites the imagination and refines the aptitude for those reproducing the beautiful. to reshape and renew itself at each different which seems phase of passion. no question. in a few words. and chastity. at each change of love.alimposed by great passions in their firststage.

which is the effect only of the peculiar nature of the feminine mind but also by the stimulus of the powerful excitement created in woman of love. it is incitinginfluence. and many are made physically unable of mucus a violent mental peras when manner to speak. in the daily pyres of deperfumed letters. art. to woman. Fear in all its forms desiccates the mouth and the pharynx. intensified. no literarypath is open other than amorous correspondence. A letteris nearly always an exchange of affections. are most and commonplace. a real song of a gifted mind in love. commonplace loves. to manifest his many In the numberless hecatombs.the first which invariably accompanies the first should be saved from skirmishes. she loves more and better than we. feels the intimate relations between more than man and woman not Man when a thousand affections. science open to him two avenues energies . transformed. on the contrary. is not contradicted by the timid and often dull silence declarations. like all things human. suspends nearly instantaneously the secretions and saliva. tion which in the satisfacloved finds incitement new the of pride of person always new incentive to work. adorned with all itssplendors. has a hundred different ways of exerting his talents excited by love. for the always dominates every field of good and evil.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE thought. which gratitude is expressed by that creature.real treasures of art are being stroyed. A long experience in every country of the world demonstrates in the epistolary over man the superiority of woman style and especially in love-letter writing. goes the stimulus of self-esteem. which the conflagration that consumes so many volumes of words and phrases. " Was it not Balzac who said : It is recognized that in love "? have some 'esprit' all women The eloquence of love. so that eloquence is C1473 . and she uses and abuses it in a surprising new manner. in the same turbatio disconcerts ideas and words. Nor does the creature loved and but from the enthusiasticeloquence receive only the tribute. manifest that the latteralso feels the same tongue finds splendors of and the most modest and stillest with form and savoriness of styleunknown to that day. ambition.

the thyrsus energies into them. Brains better organized are one can our of the heart with a book. and have am I neither the right nor the strength to undertake the work of literary critic. or. sublime elegy may be produced as the outburst of thought j become poet or insane. Not only has every poet and every left in artist (and I consider the writer the greatest of all) his works the imprint of his loves. in which the the amorous " C1483 .THE BOOK OF LOVE reduced to an absolute silence. psychology. in the stage of attainment. To study the influences of the times and the mind over the particular loves in a few words. notwithstanding fluence the very beautiful things written by many upon the inof love in art. fallsfrom the hand of the happy of the dithyramb never on the contrary. raises all brains above medium temperature. notes of sorrow. which a few before would have proved so opportune and so beautiful. Happy love. but many human brains sublove. That man so mute has hardly returned to the quiet of his solitary room when Demosthenes. which stillremains to be done. When. a affection vibrates with the. however. or a picture . to of great men mouldings of the draw the comparative psychology of celebrated loves and of types of art" is a gigantic labor. writing in these pages a modest essay of general physiology. The woman loved by dimly cerned dis- by Leopardi is not Vittoria Colonna. while in the secrecy of the domestic walls are concealed many other brains withered or fallen into lethargy through unfortunate loves. in the hurricane of an unhappy and the statistics of the hospitals for the insane always show a large number cured of the great sorrows of cases of insanity produced by love.possibly interrupted only by in love. Laura is not Beatrice. mortal who loves or hopes to be loved. but he has felt and interpreted love in cases a way entirely his own. and the woman became and which in some epoch. the style of a school or an loved by Byron is quite differentfrom the woman Burns. disconnected phrases. as it is usually termed. continually infusing new moments Even during the intoxication. or a merge musical creation. and pours out into he suddenly becomes a new space or on paper the rivers of a fieryeloquence.

pure. flowers and fruits. virtuous.not one tree alone." In our organism every function the more precise term like the citron. but when lasciviousness is stronger than sentiment and the animal man regrets having given too much of himself to the future. nature stills even the pain of weariness. the literary voluptuousness was only love. you same you shall have felled every tree. cut every can then pronounce yourselves free. Love ceases to be an impulse for thought and becomes its firstassassin. man as as of and since. can always is. and science utters the ' ' concupiscence" it writes cry. love and labor do not oppose each other. When branch.BOUNDARIES artist. so well regulated that we. provided we do not sacrifice ers flowthe fruitto the flower and do not imitate the monstrous petals or seedless fruits. and we have stillto study its second manifestation. namely. No. not only when it isv unhappy. then the individual rebels against the excessive tribute paid to the preservation is diseased and the of the species. nature never moral man punishes him who wisely obeys its laws. For me it will suffice to have prepared in the present essay some materials for this work of the future. in the blessed languor of a brief repose. and after the sacrifice love is happy intelligent before." exclaims the Dhammapada. the psychologist and hands in order to produce OF LOVE man should join a work worthy of the subject. but also when it sinks into the mud of lust. Two C1493 . I have previously stated that the influence of love over thought is twofold. but instead of the word ' ' lust. the influence exerted by the psychical creatures who love each nature of the person loved. Wise with over-expanded chastity is the ablest administrator of vital harmonies and energies. Chastity is an almost entirely hygienic question.and here we should mark the place where the hygienic branch shoots out from the great trunk of No embrace has ever debased thought when physiology. as many too exacting or hypercritical moralists are continually repeating with too rigid severity. bear leaves. ' ' Lay waste the entire forest of concupiscence. Then the animal man has fallen into libertinism.

it becomes seen some in women. we feel ourselves absorbed and. since no two identicalcreatures. and when we approach them. howtastes of man. and as the mind of the latter more man is oftener greater than that of woman. of the two thoughts brought face to face by love. two But. on the contrary. Some to be magnetized. who for the most tenacious opposers of the ideas of others. their contact more dangerous and richer in elective affinity. The style of certain writers.THE other are BOOK OF LOVE bodies differently electrified. carry away some of imitation. in solitary loftiness. breathing their moral atmosphere. original but if rigid. and the person loved contemplates it with admiration. It is not always true. so other talents. but feels no attraction. of fascination. since some peculiar characteristicsof certain intellects render them more fascinating. so that to the sweet chain of affection is added the chain of thought. not to write as they write. These magnetic brains combine with the seductions another and most other amorous powerful one. even C1S03 . than it receives. . A most peculiar and little studied influence of fascinating talents is men add to their other admirable qualities the power of conquering the. easily follows the ideas.rude and without any weapon of conquest. no two identicalbrains. it follows no that. contact. seem strongly do they adhere to men and things. the intellectual that a greater attraction betokens a greater mental force. too cold and too distant for us to desire. continually exchanging in the currents of energy order to reestablish equilibrium of forces and obey the law of universal affinity. It is like a star. the manner of impossible. ever. not to acquire certain psychical tastes which constitute their delight. after their influence of contagion. ing with them. not to think as they think. Thought may be robust. two identical sentiments ever exist in nature. one exercises an influence of attraction greater than the other. that of subjugating and bending the mind of the person loved. and consequently one of the two gives more Generally the stronger mind exercises a greater fascination. it lives alone. thought of Livwhose minds are stronger and swifter than theirs. the theories.

in our case he fails to mention a reason. while.and if warned by criticism. that she has moulded her thought on that of her friend. but it is the degree that causes the and the caresses felt. changed when the head was resting on the bosom of a blonde friend. the artistand the poet who was subject Woman always confesses. seek it in mysterious causes and in evolutionsof art and science. awkward.they have The style and manner natural source. and only his!" always sighs the woman words. or the hand playing among the curly. and the masses. the more one one yields to the fascinationof another's brains that measures is disposed to cate abdiideas and esthetic tastes in order to assume own one's the ideas and the tastes of the person loved.BOUNDARIES OF LOVE certain painters have unconsciously yielded to these slow investigatingthe and mysterious influences. and I must. man hardly acknowledges this. proudly in politics. constantly repeats in every tone that woman thinks always like her lover . and often unalways they are unknown known to them. It is not only the robust and attracting nature of human who their various influencesin the struggles of love. "His. labyrinths of hair. mind. have who loves . How and when to should the king of the universe ever change the style and the direction of his thought through the influence of a kiss "Mine. religion. raven mention a more humbler but of these influences is nearly always omitted because nearly to the biographer. instantly than we ever could love. and frequently with pride. the more one " deeply the influence of a virilethought. and morality. the more one loves. The more high influences of thought to be differently loves. origin of these estheticmutations. although with different frequently said the same thing in this book. not but because she loves us only because she is weaker than we. In the history of arts and of literature. for us : woman ally generand little most honorable for woman talent. Man. by this he deludes himself into believing that he affirmswith' the most eloquent proof the uncontrasted superiority of his However. instead. She sacrifices much more feels more D5in . and only mine!" exclaims the man or a caress? loves. rebels and feels hurt by such an odd accusation.

the tyrant. in their contacts. and and when you we C152 3 . senses a woman or must we cannot not hold in estimation. too. woman is ahead lectual of us in the estheticof sentiment. feeling very happy. say. which is the fusion of all human elements. we see the concubine even and in the wife. undergoes the influence of the victim. and the highest talent does not disdain to pour out the molten metal of its thoughts into the mould of a Venus who hardly could be called heavenly. the selection in the sweetheart of selections. and. indeed. with the other. allow ourselves to love with all our esteem. because she can seldom love without We." makes this sacrifice. influence of love add the automatic power of imitation. be the reason follow the orbit of the same they cannot planetary the system. Woman has already attained perfect love. In matters of disciples oftener than masters on the field of are "love we sentiment. " can oftener than we : How we Woman. The one gives much. says be respectable if he a sacred for it is his is if Man the thing always right religion?" woman who loves him. whom This differencewould be sufficient to demonstrate that. Two thoughts cannot impunely be enclosed in the same atmosphere. as we outrun her in inteldevelopment. on Democracy cannot the contrary. the tyranny of habit. change will see how inexorably thought must think in two. they both must To the direct a molecular modification of their movements. the epicurism of the compromise of ideas of conscience. however powerful one may be in comparison undergo. but they both alter and exchange influences and energies. one than it gives. in the psychical evolution of the two sexes.the other gives more than it receives more receives. Whatever insults it every day ? And how Socialism be for which a brain in love bends its love companion with a larger power of influence. and many other minor causes.THE BOOK OF LOVE to love. This is a consequence of the most elementary laws of physics: two loves and two brains are two systems of forces . man and willingly even self rarely and with -pride difficulty but beautiful. and the other gives little. "She is silly.

or later. when the great disparity of brains shall intelligence.we destroy every hope of common shall find on founded ourselves in the presence of this horned dilemma: either to horrible amputation of intellectual dual thought renounce life or lower ourselves more every day in order that the voice of a person who speaks in a subdued tone may reach " " continual toil. if we tented with the beauty of form. more ignorance. because. If our robust brain can elevate in some it has only the strength to walk slowly . violently To scorn influences of love over thought may be the fruit sympathy frequently. comforted later by coquetry. may life prolong the of love " sooner voluptuousness only. proof of crass pride and ignorance which we be contoday may shall bitterly expiate.BOUNDARIES Not OF LOVE the influence of who by contacts all intellectual phenomena undergo love in equal measure. profoundly wants to run. Against it love is powerless . our so society. but it is also.a weary and sad exertion. of affection and and morality are more easily modified than esthetic tastes. woman certain intellectual antitheses between a man and a are enough to render love impossible. certain architecture in our brains that constitutes their framework and can be destroyed only by death or insanity. but those feel it most to the energies of sentiment or are and origins are nearer interwoven with them. constituting binary bodies. petulant that it wants to jump while itslegs C1S33 . composed Religion thought. in which. hence the veiled polygamy of it is because hypocritical. the day will come. hence the inevitable death of a love which should have submerged only with the last plank of shipwrecked our ear. We must all inexorably yield to the influence of thought little measin love. and these change more frequently than philosophical theories or the method of There is a study. an incontrovertible of pride. modern impatient that it when because it is so are still tied by the sacred straps of the middle ages. and if robust youth. furthermore. a Hence beauty. even when the of forms and a certain community of affections rouse the sovereign of sentiments. the impairment of lofty intellects and the disorders of weak brains.

lowering the level of our thought and wasting many of the nobler forces of human progress.but it be excessive. in the sorrowful struggles to reach them. be wretchedly dissolved. because. A certain disparity of levels is inevitable. we must always descend from our lofty plane. in the continual efforts to equalize them.THE ure BOOK OF LOVE the smaller one of the person we love. a great part of love may should never C1543 .

or those who do not know this chapter. or meadow. to brood voluptuously over the long and fiery suns absorbed. rethe sultry air of the battle and restores calm to every Chastity is a D553 . when we speak of light." utterly useless in a question of hygiene someone chastity. and the most enthusiastic sun seeks always the friendly shade could whisper Let the enemies of what chastity is. dashing the leaves against the ground that nourishes is a hurricane or them. he can slowly drink in the in search . but always a superior force which brutally rends and brutally bends the tree of life. or of his horse. but also a wise and powerful ness creation of new energies and infinite poetry. among the soft carpet of a light of which he went the labyrinths of the knotty roots. and boundless temple. Even in the desert of sand called the Sahara. man feels the necessity of resting in the shadow of his camel. of the Chastity is not only repose. also. Chastity is the shadow among the adorers of the of love. and in any case. must love a tranquil shade from which to contemplate without injurythe distant splendors of the supreme father of every energy and every heat. or in the desert of grass called the Pampas. he. Repose you.CHAPTER CHASTITY IN ITS XIII RELATIONS TO LOVE This chapter may to many readers seem psychological or a work. in my ear: "Non est hie locus. jump of on a tree where. of the eyebrows of your sweetheart to relish the long memories lightning flashes of love. too. and allow us. which will be among the shortest in the book. since chastity is a negation of love. then in the shadow of the hair. in which the fresh freshe silent atmosphere dries the sweat of the struggles. Voluptuousthunderbolt. to say at least what shade means.

No more odious virtue exists than chastity taught by the cate. let itself of voluptuousness into a revel of unrestrained dances. quivering but subdued. read the same fruit of their first loves. and inebrietyends quickly and. the evidence of something lacking in a man. on subdued without violence but without hesitation by when chastity.cleansed of all mire. a sapphire illuminated an by electric light. it may be carried away by the maelstrom laugh and smile. caresses with its hair the soft knees. Blessed are those who know how adorn the crown splendors of a Sardanapalian H1563 . Self-imposed chastity is a hidden form of onanism. The chastity of two lovers is a collects himself. no more more sublime virtue than chastity taught by love and An immodest by the noblest facultiesof the human mind. one of the most precious gems that can of life. an unchaste love may be happy for a time. an education of senses and affections. and soars its wings to the highest regions of the ideal.lowers its eyes. bows its head and kneels before the statue of love. disease or mania. and love is purified. or of a violent amputation. a love always armed and always cheerful . prays real temple in which the animal man god that he may make him an and invokes an unknown angel . while a littlechild. sits at their feet" chattering and that little angel raises its head too petulantly prattling? When or screams too boisterously. but itis always inebriatedlove. which sacrificesthe daily bread to the banquet . and. desire long remain under restraint at the feet of the two lovers. of a cruel mutilation.THE BOOK OF LOVE turbulent and stormy brow. obeying an amorous voice and not the rod of the schoolmaster of old. generally.of the father will silence him. the chair. very badly. Chaste love is ardent but serene. love. The free and sweet chastity of two lovers is a most wise lust. a most holy worship of the noblest joys of thought. sitting on one you ever book together. Have noticed two lovers who. like an enamored long neck and warm swan fondled by the gentle hand of a nude but chaste woman. Desire.the fondling hand of the Thus must mother or that. deliintolerant and often not very chaste prude.

but this is not the place to speak. There is an absolute chastity imposed by the cruel laws of sects or of society. or easy through impotency. are false virtues. and nature wreaks its vengeance in a thousand ways upon those who outrage it. as sterileas the sands of the desert." second time: "Non DS73 . perhaps. by a misinterpreted virtue. of it. Prize dearly this delicate mission. true. sincere chastity. you who have the "intellect of love. deserving a seum. do not belong to the history of love. From the nausea of satiety has sprung than from the prudent restraint more infidelity of desires. In many cases. and a flower in your garden always untouched. ends. and to discuss them here would entitlethe gentle reader to whisper in my ear a est hie locus. " hands. rabid concentration of forces to reach lofty or insensate ever. they are clouds that rise without shape heart. you prefer to disarm your lovers in order that they may not strike other victims than you. a chastity a which. place among the rarest and most valuable things in a mutory Not one case in a hundred of those upon which his- imposed by an has bestowed veneration" deserves the praises which are habitually offered to them.CHASTITY to IN ITS RELATIONS turn TO an LOVE be chaste in this manner. because many of these forms of chastity are false. voluptuousness reaps is. that they may not hurt their own your calculation is groundless. they are. is nothing else than self -idolatry. for being always loved. they vanish without leaving any trace. is an admirable thing. women. Other chastities therefore. The fruit which human iron will. is one of the most precious secrets for reigning eternally. and and without aim in the imagination of the human Be that as it may. And there is another absolute chastity imposed by ambition. Through an ignoble you will be the first love into enjoy and vulgar calculation." teach chastity to us.howgenerally beneath its desire or expectation. because to its fruits.and energy that who find in it the greater coefficient of noble ambitions and magnanimous purposes ! And you. and to leave a desire always lighted. but also. for whom cult this holiest of virtues is diffito acquire. or even by egotism. to educates and etherealizes. at the bottom. however.

and I may try it some it sufficientfor me here to sketch in a general way the two sexes we could in essence. since to the altar of their passion they carry two greatly different natures As long as there beside their different genetic missions. will be forever true. but rendered figures of passion. To you God has given with two hands. and for this we do And the "As men sing to the women : us has given us with two hands. sing : Listen to two spontaneous cries.CHAPTER LOVE IN XIV SEX degree of force. Even if it were not so and from the beginning we had overburdened you with work. because woman will never In be capable of loving like woman. and you will very first lines of a physiology of the sexual characters of love. He we made ourselves big? God . love like man. be virile love and feminine love. and man will never a complete essay on the comparative psychology of the two delineate the distinctive characteristics of day . nations find distant the and well-nigh uncivilized. uttered by two "Singbonga from the beginning has made us smaller than you." us with one . have some The Munda-Kols of Chota Nagpur popular songs difference between man and which express the psychical The women woman. they will eternally innocent this reproach: exchange and counterchange And the lament as I love you!" you do not love me our planet a man and a woman. therefore we obey you. to not plough the ground. same manner. stillwe would not be your equals. and woman but they will never Man can love with love in the the same shall live on "Ah. so has He made Have bigger than you. one so variform by the two different natures called Adam and Eve.

polygamy necessity of the moment. civilized and we more the Kabyles to the always find. a more the two which so still tween equitable proportion beunfairly share light and darkness. and woman vokes acquiesces in or init. lust is is ardent. uncertain and exists where morality guarded as a treasure of voluptuousness. in which man proclaims his strength or imposes it. let him put the butt-end of the gun to his cheek and cry: 'Come to me. He himself has made us bigger than you. If you do not obey now the word of man. Where joys and muscular sorrows. sold or killed according to the Setting civilizationaside. O maidens !'" march The and we "You do well to love us.which man allows his companion in the world of love. Solomon used to cry pi man. falls and woman. however." men: Rising from higher and an the Munda-Kols races. you certainly disobey the word of God. Hence the very unequal part of joys and sorrows. and woman than a domestic which is bought. strength is the criterion of hierarchies. where it constitutes the firstof human forces. and joys animal C1S93 . and keep at least the memory of the piness that you have given us. hence civilizednations continually struggling to divide good and evil in sexes. The woman women: "Let him who wants to be loved by a with his weapons . God sends us war hapwill die. but monogamous morally lower than in a wandering tribe of nude is the companion of the labors savages. perhaps. hence an ever increasing usurpation of joys and rights by the strong as we descend to the lower strata of humanity . of rights and duties.LOVE Himself has divided us IN SEX small. where woman For this. women we find a Kabyle a song. echo of this wild cry of nature. chorus in which chorus of young alternates with of sturdy youths." into big and And flying to a a very distant land. the difference in the rights and joysof love is between man and woman becomes little more immense.

will have some to conquer her place in the sun. "Tola mulier in utero" most sacred of rights! For woman. Woman . and here also she can without: "And the oppressed who await their scruple class herself among legitior their constitution. of were that we allotted one Nature love's territory." a woman most nor power of genius could alter law. to love and still to love is what have retained of our. here we is. as wife. I will speak of rights in another chapter. every delight of our soul.the uppermost necessity. nor customs impositions of tyrants. the legitimate mother of every human But moral woman. here also she is a mate "jacquerie" day pretender who. if we life with a should poison the source of human to us. then as lover. should deny Eve the love is the first. must remain within the confines of physiology. and if this difference could be expressed with figures.all epochs applauded the aphorism of the Dutch physically desires for long time. every heat that warms Us. voluptuousness. has given woman the greatest part of love. Woe to us. as She is the great placenta of human beings. which still tion. this the rank and fetid hut of the Esin the palace of the prince. woman or gives all of herself to man. and all her organism and her psychology by the influence of love. bosom from which we draw blood. or one fourth at most. nor in their numberless forms. immutable In kimo. varied phases. thinkers of. love. sublime words: "Undoubtedly. by right or might. abuse or imposition from any quarter. woman her by nature. to who will find me a strong woman?" does not play in love the part assigned also. we Neither civilization in any of its celestial inheritance. are softened and moulded Van Helmont but said too rudely. first as daughter. the mother.THE out in his harem: BOOK OF LOVE Among us. Only de Stael's could write Mme. in the mysteries of nature. I would say fifth. if we woe pseudo-education. If anthropology should and intellectual elements put in our hands man all the from which separate then science could most safely establish in its laws ger the right place for each sex. she physician. legislaor should be. without any danand customs of usurpation.

the probas joy cannot lem must wait can however. nor . its fruitful rays remain. for its solution a long time still. woman penetrates her heart and fecundates her . has disappeared. Many have contradicted my opinion. voluptuousness bued passion weary her. lasciviousness and sensibility being sexes. all calling her "mother. realize the happy dream voluptuousness which. the fluid that flows in her through every vein and moistens every fiber. thunders and vanishes. the love of is a ray of sun which. But while for many men be she the most libertineamong the is in love. slow and warm. woman in her nurses bosom an angel who always ardently desires and who does not quench in her the affection for her companion.imwith love. group of littleangels who dance around her. her her thoughts imbibes and feasts upon it. equal in both and. And if you do sensual women. the him. moulds nourishes and caresses and as the years her loves transformed into a pass she sees herself. she is all. for a woman. it is only a sweet episode. Nobody. C1613 .LOVE IN SEX and scented atmosphere in which she lives as in a nest . so that. and inasbe measured or weighed yet. and turn it into enjoyher conquest a every warm lightning that flashes. deny that. The love of man "placenta possesses for long time and can day. her flesh." that wo- has received from nature a larger cup to drink at the much inexhaustible spring of the voluptuousness of love . experiencing fatigue. so that when she is deprived of it she is like the tree shattered by the hurricane and which sees is a every leaf wither. who are bits of her heart. petals' of a rose fallen from the flower of her beauty. every flower fall. after the sun hidden in the earth which it has warmed. without of a Eve can thirst much longer than man. even joys. which I expressed man several years ago in my "Physiology of Pleasure. nor ardor wither. from her hair to her feet. and every little root of her sentiments. changing its form. is eternally voluptuousness is all that renewed. she man.languidly and voluptuously. and she absorbs it." which has the meaning of of life." From the ardent embrace of the man to the endearments of her little whom she loves she flits dren childoes not fatigue. every hour.

deformed creatures as to astonish and horrify us. "I love" I loved". to be warmed by the spiritof man. but often woman is satisfied able to exclaim." I say. "lam Do not ask woman why she loves. Certain it is that perfect love is the sum of these two most beautiful The sentiment which than in man.a husband.oppressed by the brutal whims of a lover. woman man wants wants. all of you who have studied the heart of woman the most abject places and believe that you are making your happy because you give her luxuriousness and companion to love above wants gold and dresses. When brilliant light which comes woman loves she almost never doubts of being loved. "A burns in her is more exactive. ' ' Mysteries of the heart. You may behold a woman unhappy amid the splendors of luxury. 'because she is too rich and her affection is too strong to need the support of self-esteem to fight the battles of life. For every hundred who will vote for love. satisfiedin all her desires . that creature can only be hers." you say. "I love. the second loves her lover. caressed by the sweet affection of. to love. perhaps five. She can love such ugly." while man when needs only to loved. This is another difference between loves man's : and woman's essential to be loved. and you may see another happy in poverty." expand his chest and say.men will decide for the sublime refusal of the embrace. send heralds through the men. and wowhole civilized world and assemble all those. above all. in O you. ask them whether they would accept an eternal and faithful love without voluptuousness in exchange for most women voluptuousness without love.THE not BOOK OF LOVE bold assertion. ten. amid the storms of life. If i poor. she will know how to adorn him with the flowers of imagination. more pansive Little she demands of her companion. to be proud . illumine him with the from her heart. remember that woman to lean all' upon the all. Has Caesar . she wants to be the of whom she wants firstfor someone. does not very natural thing. The firstwoman love her husband. am things. to feel that she is needed by a comfaithful arm panion of man. men nament who can love and invite them to a singular love toura believe such .

Pardon my it. are virtues that are woman's arrogance of the fortunate frequently found in more loves. of docile disposition manifest in their loves sublime tenderness. every word. from the unusual combination and men of figures and strange coloring. Man pardons everything else. softness and sentiments which should be found in woman only. So it is with woman's at the feet of her companion. derive an esthetic element which astonishes us and invitesus to meditation. C1633 . love may be. we who is the true and great priestess allow woman. but the psychical forms may. cated. conqueror. woman being. or even a crime. will be reciproThe ardent faith of the neophyte. the proud faith the immeasurable of infallibility. she believes she can . a monster. Woman carries even luxuriousness aloft into the big lowers even affection into the regions of sentiment. Women of manly inclinations love manly. She man she touches. strength crime in the man she wants to have for herself.elevatesevery loves the beautifulabove all and heat even the ice. We are again in the domain of pathology. because it is too true : cynical phrase. she can love the ugliest. in love receives the imprint of the sex. and when woman An the characters are inverted a most disgusting spectacle takes place and we behold a caricature. man mire not reject a of lasciviousness. roar be a pet will' doubted she rabbit caressed in the bosom of a child. or she will creep like a reptile. more rarely in man's. woman needs only find talent. however. our However variform the sexual elements of is stained by a most heinous sin because modern civilization of love. and even most wicked. At times. man often lowers even the highest loves. like a lion which wants what it wants.LOVE ever IN SEX of winning a battle? Has Napoleon ever doubted of being immortal? love. or an eagle that carries in its love but her aloft the prey claws . human essay on of an angel than the comparative psychology of love cannot be written unless based upon a complete physiology of the two or Every thought. In order to love. but do in his loves is more man is more of of a brute than of an angel . every gesture of man sexes. most deformed of men.

We have for ourselves ambition. be necessary to give and loudly proclaim that it will soon woman what belongs to her. and. tyrants in of her life as the jailer love as well. and who possess the orchard and the field.we have left the garden of love to her as her only possession. all the victories of passion . every day evidence ser. only too well justified. instead of being welcomed station. we have kept the lion's share both in voluptuousness in free the the choice of sovereign affection. we have quests granted to man all the energies of sentiment. After having to her that she must robbed only her of nearly every field of human activity. when she proceeded to cultivate the garden in her own way. brilliantly decorated with gems. And when this poor prisoner. all the consmall tributeand we of genius. us. and the continual deceptions. with all the ardent curiosity of her nature. science. slave who murmurs and flower must not be picked. does with the thief. have a woman prisoner or slave who reclines her head on knees our we our We have measured the bread and wine and weeps." tion by of the plants to cultivate must also be made by us. her only solace.the meadow the forest. conspiracies and palace plots. too. where we by a lady of labors. thus. glory. thus we have made sterileand barren the garden where a proud and noble lady would have splendidly glorious could rest from our received us. the free choice of loves. the morbid thirst for gain .THE but a BOOK a OF LOVE trivial part. of our slaves. No " t conspires against us. wished to pick the flowers and the scented herbs of her garden. setting up the posters of our restrictive regulations and erecting the laws: "That flower-bed is reserved. just as the equilibrium But every injustice must is reestablished every time it has been disturbed. we interfered there. the equality of rights in the affections as well as in the family. and be paid for. that fences of our The selecthoroughfare. C1643 . to woman have refused every nourishment of heart and thought. in gilded halls. the ice-fields of the Alps and the water of the Thus we have a woman ocean.aglio that we erect upon a false foundation the edifice of family. representing love. are.

we have inWe have seen outlined the firstphases of Love. that time. like and hysterias. the most fanciful vows of an infinite without limits of time or space.CHAPTER LOVE AND XV AGE volunta studying the morning crepuscules of Love. Side by side with the most ideal and automatic nation.. thousands of dangers which threaten health and morality at the same time.. however. the age of adolescence this sovereign affection shows the most sublime puerilities. first lusty actions . the cosmos. firststorms of life find a friendly hand as a guide and solace to preserve them from." cosmos less the woman" "I have a been able to pass woman an entire day without embracing and without any fervid aspiration for . and a youthful imagioutbreaking of the inflaming the firstfevers of lust.impatient acts of lust in adolescence are generally ing followed in elect natures by a period of reaction. durof chastity are made together with which heroic vows Just at extraordinary endeavors to learn to hate woman. The first. agitates and shakes aspirations we find.the maddest a In youth. the impetuous Happy those who in the the tender and fragile organism. we and aspirations for chastity may read these vows for you : which I literallyreproduce here ". him timid and spasmodic. in the diary of the boy who is about to become a man. the exerting himself between swaddling clothes of infancy and the firstweapons of arrogant boy warrior armed with a wooden sword During a pop-gun. Tremendous the woman dilemma less the of life.

but in these common moments the least noble of your powers wants to. with the fury of its power. at of and wavered. inebriating. It is a sovereign for few but has a who rules only seconds." I have conceived it and as I will expose pleasure is shorter than the erotic delirium." "Instinct. fireand ashes. and yet I have passed do without the evil-born race ' ' Try very happy day! of Eve. but from a mass a a of ruins and ashes to rebuild These state is a hopeless task. dise delights in looking her. it is only a faculty of yours. the firstand. it is easy to destroy. and can. and this faculty wants first." few expressions a are but the thousandth psychical phenomenon which from men they the threshold of adolescence into pass when the gardens of youth. no fruitful of useful consequences than the sacrificemore disdain for this voluptuousness. of your ego. is not worth the cosmic synthesis as it to men. for all time. I thought of a paravoluptuous. could age but do!" a vote and a " reproduction is reiterated in all D66H . and the French language has a proverb which says : "If youth but knew.only for a few moments." I took a seat near a Creole young lady and found her beautiful. and tends to draw into its whirlpool all your activity. The most Creole embrace in the world. however. take great part of yourself. "It is only one of your faculties and that which you "No have in with the lowest creatures at the bottom of to be the the series of creation. is for you the outward manifestation of pleasure in its most attractive aspect.THE BOOK a OF LOVE and her. An historicalfact and a proverb embodied in the Council this truth in two great monuments: the youngest of Trent those who voted for celibacy were of priests. power who enough during the period of his reign to destroy half of brands the state and leave his throne upon a heap of ruins.

an ever but definite energy. A young man with a good physical constitution belongs All the entirely to love. He too virile expression of strength. among others. always more timid than an adult or an this fact originates from so many and old man_"jCnd in many to occur as mysterious causes animals as well. lively force. ready to spring. but. even before being asked about his health. the same because tru time. Birds. all the powers of thought at that age by that sovereign affection. Exuberance of forces prepares us for the battle. He has foregone the useless and too unequal struggles against love and flung himself into its arms. and love is the property of youth// energies of sentiment. Rarely a braggart is strong. not love. but still and a gentle and sublime timidity tempers in him the nerves to vibrate. but he stilltrembles when the currents of the god pass through his body and cause his is a priest initiatedinto the mysteries torum. . stilltrembles. and a frequent intimation of one's own energy is nearly always a The invalid who fears symptom of decline and weakness. and which has its seat in the brain and sterility D67H . the maxiapex of beauty without the mannerism of strength without a shadow of convulsion. and sprh\ forth from the deepest roots of the human heart.but the rude contacts of the gardener and the store have not deprived him yet of his untouched varnish. force is always calm. trembling when in the sanctum sancof the temple. He is a ripe and fragrant fruit.Others A young man is. one Before our eyes we have of the most sublime pictures of the moral world: the mum of pride. a serene ready for action and reaction. it leaves us calm and serene. and endeavors to delude himself and with respect to the danger that threatens him.LOVE AND AGE proverb deserving a volume of meditations. carries away everything into its hot and turbulent whirllove does He is less than a eunuch who at twenty. the older they are. and there is an amorous can a eunuch because even in the heart. his love may be. which absorbs and are moulded pools.in love. death often says that he feels very well. A young man. the quicker they go however deep at their amorous undertaking.

will find flexuous branches and soft moss No need of civil matrimony. he loves the picture a woman encounter he loves the heroine of a story or of a or statue of a woman. essentially monogamous. in their robust and in their most senseless youth. unfortunate creatures hypocrisy. and tomorrow they to weave their nest. . idolatriesthey are stillmonotheists. morality. what can be more simple. versity from the first steps in love. what affinity intense. One god. formidable rise on move there saries adver- against it from every quarter. . hygiene. what inevitable than their affection more union? Stillbefore they can embrace each other. J At twenty.how many abysses! Adam loves Adam . conventionalities. and above all. opposing the first has found his Eve . many barriers. at twenty. one hundred women. Eve has seen her Adam . one temple. Adam but in the embrace of those two lovers. energetic. how many enemies. be born with singular perOne must one religion only. and the young girl adores the angels whose flutteraround her virginal bed. steps.THE BOOK OF LOVE humiliating than any mutilation of organs. which is more does not than any lack of functionsl^lf. Yet against this virtuous.. The nightingale has seen and loved his modest companion . wings .holy monogamy all sides enormous obstacles. Today they sleep. and the than one man at a time young girl who already loves more have been conceived in a bawdy-house by the kneading must to be polygamous of the blood and the flesh of a bacchante. happy in their love.Notwithstanding. these two must ask permission of prejudice. finance. a man in the social world. a gigantic and fruitful possibility of polygamy. how Eve more loves Eve. of religious matrimony. however. ___ should possess the physical energy to love a and even the most modest maiden finds in the airjjit every step. man and woman are. and there is scarcely one chance out of a hundred that the answer will be a "yes" from all these superior authorities that have the right of vetoing their affection. a spark darting from her contact with a man. religion. of D68] . poem. in the deep shadow of a mysterious alder he has sung to her his tenderest song and infused his love into her.

The most considerate. of movements. like a wave. and a thousand compromises with conscience stain in its swaddling clothes the new-born love. as though in an uncomfortable carriage in which one must for a long time. humiliating it under the shame of an original sin. From the clash of two dragging away a congeries of stones. splintersand mud scattered by the turbulent clashing of so many forces and ances. breaks against them.LOVE financial matrimony. from decomposition two the spring of the contrary motions. and scrofula and rachitis kill his born would children. into sentiment and voluptuousness. The very firstcompromise with his own conscience on the youth. pure.however. while sacrificesare offered to lust on the hundred altars of the wandering Venus. resistWould fortune that in that firstshock love should ! Tears have blessed thousands of suffernothing but sorrow loves and bathed them in a sweet dew. and after a few skirmishes and And lamentations every one adapts himself to this compromise and tries to make himself as comfortable as possible. it finds the sharp rocks of social obstacles. in love when. when prevented by part of a pure and enamored is that of decomposing love society from being monogamous. are continually looking forward to C1693 . very few have they killed. the most journey virtuous lovers. thus he strives to preserve his heart pure and to erect one temple only. the ideal of morality coupled with the most urgent needs of a heart and senses .and. of a union which lacked the consent composit contrary forces there arises a dea transformation of energies. But in the dashing of the first love against the cruel forces. virginal.all of them ruthrock of social resistancesmany new less. occurs and this phenomenon powerful and hardly issued from the hot bosom of nature. raises a mass of foam and withdraws of finance. of art. But AND woe AGE to the man who shall rely have to his nest prepared ! The morrow upon nature of his loves would be cursed by hunger . to the most stillthis decomposition of love seems a miracle refined and most virtuous lovers a very wise move.

recklessly. who. in your life: nature concedes a day of be gods at least once spring even on garland there is no no a miserable creature and weaves Remember. and then abandon your heart and senses to the wave that carries you to paradise. and where for every petal that falls a hundred new Be rich. than the adult and the old. corollas blossom. who adapt themselves too. the head of the lowliest of men. since they will not know the richest and most splendid treasures of youthful love. . do not seek your love in the are Those mire. he is in any case. and who has ever dared to reduce to a mathematical formula the force_pf a thunderbolt or the kilogrammeters of an earthquake ?vAnd or so.do not betray. it is a feast where weariness. He livesbecause he loves. easily to this young men ignominious science with their concompromise and degrading cruelly punished for their crime.THE BOOK OF LOVE the fortunate day when all hypocrisy will be eliminated and physical and moral loves united will give them the right to build a nest in which sentiment and voluptuousness will keep faithful company. and he loves because he lives. being in her thircall a blush on the face of a woman He neither measures nor already loves too knowingly. the heart to the wife of another. a And reticence and a the body to the courtesan. tween in the meantime we justgo on belie.splendidly. coffer in which an hour of sunlight can be kept. but in the sky . His love is a sunny day in The without clouds. Do not lie. pick all the flowers of a garden over which no winter breeze ever blows. Inhale all the perfumes.without sorrows. be recklessly rich. fatigue and delusions are unknown. less are thunderbolts young man is not very jealous earthquakes. can to the most artificeof chemical science that preserve a blooming rose. without chills. weighs . He May. burns his incense to the goddess. but he is chaste and knows so pure as to of lasciviousness. He is sometimes very little ties. he is too a the loves of A young man cnon . fortunate young man his love who has not subjected have described loves to the process of decomposition we ardently.

but he likes to love the independent as well. the adult is the most skillful. he can a for awaken ardent and lasting passions and preserve them is bent on inquirin long time. a golden ray of sunlight rests on his brow like a halo of bliss. Woman much less than man and if she about white hair and birth certificates. i^The youthful lover is a nude and often ferocious savage . with a most subtle art. no needless ideas. He believes in inborn loves.he has no time ! His lips are wreathed in a perpetual smile. because rendered more a of youth.*almostextinguished the flames of passion.LOVE AND AGE confident. and in good faith believes himself to have always loved his goddess. and. even when he did not know her. he is essentially than in the days eclectic. the widow woman and the matron . but poor in hopes. He is the ablest. O happy youth I If the young man is the most J timidity. patience and attention on the present.the wisest master of love. no sudden explosions of desire oppose any obstacle to the blissful perfection of his loves. The use and abuse of lifehave somewhat dulled his spirit.he bestows upon it a look of affection and regret. His joys are scarcer but they are more precious. he is a hundred times more libertinethan the youth. but no excessive impatience. in exquisite tastes belonging to the world of richer thought. he does not remember the past. before parting with it. There is no tomorrow for him except under the form of a continuation of the happiness of today. the most ardent "lover. with passion. he concentrates all his cares. He knows that his hours are numbered and follows with a caress every coin he spends. but also more delicate. and when health and freshness of heart do not desert him. . savory by certain economy almost verging on avarice. loves with He shrewdness. besides. the adult has become civilizedfrom long experience most and is clothed with the blandishments of his artTyHis spontaneous sympathies are for unripe fruit.too happy to doubt . forthe flowers nocence stillenclosed within the untouched and thorny calyx of inand ignorance . as the philosopher of old used to believe in congenital powerful. Rich in memories.

love the most characteristic And when poor nature. of the age of her companion.THE BOOK OF LOVE only feelsthat she is loved deeply and ardently. an almost paternal affection. with the force of beauty. *" asks for love on his knees. medicated by art. with deep tenderness. loves with modesty.also. and not only through egotism does the bridegroom seek a bride a few years younger than himself. is more The adult has tenacious passions. he often implores with a tenderness so to answer ardent and a tone so supplicatory that it is difficult made alternation of an authority that teaches and an authority that implores gives the adult hue. she willingly forgets half a score of years. Man grows ignorant and very young people seldom wed without exposing themselves to the most serious dangers. A mature on the contrary. old later than and two of thirty. with avaricious sagacity. to of the warmest cool down the volcanic explosions of youthful love . with a reserve grace and delicacy.and often from the humble position of a beggar of alms. and more. genius. which might easilytend to become authorand eliminate the perfect equality between the two lovers. of some is tempered in adult man by a deep and hidden mistrust of iimself. pasthat which he could not obtain by humility. for the young woman In the love of the adult man one feels always a benevolent and sympathetic protection. the most conspicuous mark.full of tenderness and generous love impulses. he is the best husband. This characteristic tends to deprive mature and most voluptuous expansions. but knows that young man he is legitimately entitled to it. but the ity paternal affection. the precious affection firmly fixes itself on it and thrusts its roots into the deepest recesses of the heart. prostrated in the dust. has lost many rights. conditions being equal. and none faithful in love than he. he leaps The to his feet. often. has succeeded in with a continual refusal^^^JThe attaining love. are sion.demanding man. woman. The man who is growing old is the trunk of a tree on The woman D72H . with religious fidelity.and his requests full of with greater constraint.

but they should be given that of erotic mer- which of prostitution of innocence to the calculus of inheritance. ridiculous mummified modesty will then poison the existence of the intolerant old man. It is then that the economy of the adult turns into real avarice. and love in give out in the distance the stench of the manure raised. with their ossified hands they strip of leaves the rosebushes and purchase at fabulous prices an "I deceitful than Tartufe. The lust of the old man. who himself avenges upon the young people for his misfortune in not being longer able to love. is a tree unheard-of forms. powerful lovers maintain ghosts of desire yet some decrepitude and. robust and vigorous that it rarely dies all at once. more love you" icier than snow. When the entire tree is dead. warmed by the stiflingatmosphere of vice. lust becomes so Man. and less cruel is the deformity of a Chinese foot than the contortions which a youthful love ant must undergo in the hooked and yellow clutches of intolerwoman. Nor can the name of love be given which they were to those lusts. probability And until their frothy paunches in the hot mire of the lowest social strata . to their last breath.go on rubbing their extreme cature. there often remains and in the old man flourishing the only branch of lust. or to the expectation of an of life. and from which every gust of nvind detaches a handful of yellow leaves.LOVE which AND AGE every day a branch withers. It is an inexorable law which to mystic and wrathful meditations. Most a ostentation of forced continence or unfortunate is the poor young girl who must have as confidante of her firstloves an irascible and bigoted old to love is a synonym of lechery and affection whom Less monstrous a sin. however. then upon the ruins of love rises an implacable hatred for those who love and are loved. condemns those old men because in all times and in all countries the last spark of lust serves to light the bilious taper on the altar of superstition. like eels. . is like a mushroom produced by the fetid artificesof horticulture and bears fruits assumes lasciviousness. bigotry. worthy of Tiberius and Caligula. the cruel domestic inquisitions and a posthumous.

he will invoke the benedictions of Heaven on family. or the startling sensuality of the status of Phryne by Barzaghi. and follow my example !" [174] . and. try you. can the old woman the old man . Even the which is ever loved. lust being spent. have done my duty . every right of conquest having been to the highest spheres of the ideal abandoned.. do yours now. hearing the lively prattling of a girl of even a and plump matron. but their love should be a serene also can love a young man contemplation of the beautiful. feels moved. without any offense in words or acts.in her the most splendid adore affection the curls of his cold manifestation of the esthetic forces of nature. can love until old age. too. and. warm imagination again at the ardent fire of others' loves. I. the most "beautifulhalf of the human fourteen or at the side of a calm love a young woman. if he caresses of a woman. under the childlike or compassionate his eyes will fillwith tears and. is a believer. because it is never can. but then. white-haired old man without offending the modesty be his any more. Whether before the maiden and heroic greatness of Joan of Arc. too. a suave of joys remembrance possessed for a long time and ardent aspirations for an ideal If even attained. caress of her who cannot with paternal Eve. but with sweet satisfaction he can say : " I. perhaps. have loved without sowing the seeds of remorse for my old age . love soars world and becomes a sublime contemplation of feminine beauty. venerable old man. too.THE The man BOOK OF LOVE of high type. without envy and without regrets.

the more the elements diverge and differ. thing. psychology await from the progress of modern physiology the elements to as science dety7*rin5. The lower we descend from the branches to the trunk.jnir t0 tnat a tested. of the same It is true that some authors have amused themselves by ens] . or a Don Juan. satisfy their rage by and. more than the that human manners of eating. small and large.CHAPTER LOVE IN RELATION WAYS XVI TEMPERAMENTS" OF THE TO OF LOVING these pages for the hundredth time the as they were described by the ancriticism of temperaments cient in many Schools. Ask a woman of easy virtue. and which I have expounded of my works.how many are of loving. Not everybody has accepted my shall I not repeat in but all agree with me in the belief standards of classification. themselves are so extraordinarily different that the manners calling all these most variform ways of loving by the one elements to the loftiest the methods name sentiment excites repugnance. as loves in his way we bring to love the greatest possible tribute of psychical elements. of motion. the higher we ascend branches of the tree. of will. the human individual. the more human resemble each other. and that hygiene. that temperaments medicine. pro"m" "f change own of all men who. when Every man whichJ^hysiology *'. and they both not only will answer but will add that that every one loves in a different manner. have had their time. physical and moral chad^ak a Against this impotency cW lo\"f ""*" a requires. it follows loves differ more than hatreds. I have changing the -"T dividual constitution": innocent revenge powerless to changing its name.

all those men are petty and weak lovers. arabesques traced on the epidermis of human nature. a prurience that stands somewhere between pleasure and bother and which can be morally cured by only one This medicine. so completely obliterate these arabesques that not the least trace of them is left. instead of the caricatures of temperaments. a caricature physiological study. and more than once. The cases of the Roman are mosaic-maker sufficientto classify the innumerable tints that an expert eye succeeds in discerning . worse than the disease." "hepatic succeed each other. woman. or fifty at the latest. perhaps. To those men enamored my book. at length and it is necessary to reflect C1763 .it would it all forms of love. unacquainted as they whether they were Many men. but who will give a palette so gigantic that I may me spread on it all the polychromic mixtures. but these pictures are innopastimes. the most if possessing^ lofty mind and a gentle heart. have asked themselves seriously. the skeleton of visible. and the schools of psychology and literature. but it is also one of I#n. . it is also say. as the and we thread which guides us through the labyrinth of these studies. To them love is an intermittent prurience that begins at eighteen years and ends. at forty. all the simple and compound the proteiform iridescencesoffered by the human it strikesthe powerful prism of love ? The colors. of nature. all light when vidual question as to the quantity of love which an indimay feel is the ea^^W'l^olve. may seem Now.^*Wii"ralmost the phenomenon should grasp it eagerly.which love. Even when. we should succeed in delineating a true family of human be very difficultto class under thousands and thousands of color constitutions. is sometimes medicine. problem there is an element of any inft is the simplest. even quantifies with all that world of mysteries and passions which they found described in many books and heard from the friends." OF a LOVE "nervous "sanguine a love. so they say. withd|ichological the most important. mouths of some were although I have striven to contain it within the limits of a an exaggeration. capable of loving. It is." a phatic "lym- cent love".THE describing a BOOK love.

without tides. frogs. to leave to others every labor of conquered timidity. avoid the trouble of directing her gaze toward her loyer or opening her lips to say "yes. prudently. no storm. they may find that this so like ourselves." To let herself be renounce the mission of assault. every strategy. liowever weak a lover he may be. to apply then and there Cm] . which must lead him to conquest. too. calmly. pleasing habit a benevolence sweet and tender and congenial. then. suavely. that is. will you explain to me what this love is!" The moon radiates heat. petty compels him to attack. if she be born a eunuch. on the contrary.of injured modesty . And if the heart. develop heat : well. what carnal prurience. she can. its most perfect forms in Man. and of they love. How many romantic delights in these few words ! To letherself be loved ." or to that other load which naturalists call "the female of man" teous and the cour"woman. and a thousand ' ' to inquire of true lovers : reasons But tellme now. which loved will be enough. cannot woman. a calm lake without tempest. in their own way. on the contrary. These unhappy creatures have more to ask than one reason of themselves whether what they feelis love. full of sentiment. then. but. to let the others struggle every tactic of moral violence for herself alone the voluptuousness of slightly and reserve opening the door herself be loved! voluptuousness what or even What lettingothers open it! To let esthetic. do love ! it what you cold love (call will) does not exclusively belong to the male . if she so attack her companion wishes. or Peaceful love. need not in the slightestway. these gentlemen.although more rarely. Woman. no and of soft undulations wonderful warmth of sweet for the future of a passion which has never responsibility been confessed. . too. would take the libertyof a restlessthrob." dictionaries When these eunuchs of the sentiment of love prefer the woman.LOVE IN RELATION TO TEMPERAMENTS and with great care whether preference should be given to that prurience which poets call "love.heavenly beatitude. it offers. declare that war sex. and truly may tie them to this companion whom love. caresses! And. is also tolerably animated object.

Between Among these two poles. they remain with always loving more Happy their thirst forever unquenched. who There are tremendous everything it touches. but too frequently they a first forget the names of such loves and use them to designate too different lovers. since they were closed in the maternal womb. and. too. soft. blessed. form courage they lend their affections and their imagination . love. where every metal is the maximum to a is organism volatilized and the entire human into a red and incandescent vapor that burns transformed lovers. like the octopus. then. sweet paste? Oh. arms to reach the hot. reticences and compromises with love this one with the heart. in being satisfiedwith consecutive loves. while to a few giants nature concedes the sad gift of a twofold thirst for affection and voluptuousness. they stretch many forth their numerous. sucking succulent flesh of the feminine cosmos. a true love . who will love. these polygar who love only with the heart. through sophisms. that other one conscience. others mists there are some only with the senses. which mark the extreme degrees . why can we not reduce love cataplasm to problem of hygiene and regime? From this zero of the amatory scale we gradually rise to degree of the pyrometer. and virtue to apologize for1the absence Oh. and modesty to justify the perpetual ice. than they are loved. they love the next comer and. an only love. they They have with the mind. where. grown and dead in the saline depths of a tropical sea. there are in whom men every affection takes a sensual and women and love absorbs them like a sponge born. when melted and they are men no longer. but oftener they precipitate quickly into polygamy. and on the sexton who will nail down the cover will love even the cold coffin which contains their morbid flesh. avid. and all of them with the senses. why did not heaven make us out of this of aroma. have loved before they were men. perhaps. Having neither to whom time nor patience to wait. disbut not wearied. although rarely. they are when they succeed. they love the firstcomer. there are women who have loved.THE a BOOK OF LOVE bring it back to its duty.

Besides the variform force of humble. love is of love. more frequently felt by men of mild and gentle character. however interminable. Its most we woman. which. egotistical. is pregnant with intense joy and sweet solace and predisposes to universal benevolence. however. binary compounds of love and pride. almost as immutable as friendship . it has shaded outlines and littlerelief. it is capable an expansiveness which. sobs or weeps too often. and it sighs. the ment sentiwe are now ent a differwhich studying together assumes character. us of wonderful in a Christian. And around these vain. ardors of voluptuousness in a most sea sweet and outbursts of affection of milk sorrow ful. readily exculpate from a certain weakness whom without making herself ridiculous. if not querulous. a perennial compassion and an inexhaustible tenderness drown declarations of love. tears are always ready to gush forth at the firstimpulse of joy or .the women numberless Arc." I shall try to sketch some of them Tender Love. but never enters that sea under full sail. evangelical love that delights more than in caress than in a kiss. of love and egotism. Tender love is suppliant. Nevertheless. it has. and in lingering kisses more esthetic forms are found in the sudden battles. jealous."TbSs. lachrymose and faithit often touches the boundaries of sensual love. a tendency to old and serene being disconsolate arid mournful. although with less energetic affinity. furious. there are of love" "constitutional form from nature. who are neither Messalinas amorous nor Joansof needs. of love and a grouped many other minor elements. and who may even swoon It is a . to forgiveness. Emotion surprises them for the slightestcause . It is a love that is frequently constant and trustworthy. stillform homogeneous whole that might be called a "temperament or a vanity. plods the innumerable mass of those are neither Don Juans nor chaste Josephs. according to the passion which predominates in the individual and by which love is marked as proud.LOVE of amatory men IN RELATION TO TEMPERAMENTS who intensity. and honey. to philanthropy.

they accuse falsehood. esthetic sense. Germans love in this way.80^ . forgotten and properly belongs to Arcadic. because it springs from most fruitful and spontaneous source of sensual affections. most intenacious of lpves. love of simony and Disillusioned and betrayed.THE BOOK OF LOVE creaand lymphatic ture^ Persons with fair complexion. it affects but slightly the somber depths of the heart and hardlyskims of voluptuousness . often modest. " A something of the mystic and the supernatural. the warlike and rapacious love profanes the tabernacle and carries off the god. Conlove is situated in the anterior lobes of the brain . templativ lavishing upon it every kind of adoration and incense. it has Contemplative Love. and its ardors are indicated by too deep a lies. it lives on ecstasies and contemplations and. entirely hundred cloaks of amorous Brazen or tender. fanatic and mystic persons. ible high. and while one adores and is absorbed in admiration in the temple. but its foundation rests on a shifting needs of man ground: beauty. the soil in which germinate and grow the various forms of contemplative love. sorrows caused their own and their own Sensual Love. note: desire. the most ebriatin of the most ardent. when they themselves are only too guilty of having bitter disappointments. an irresisttendency to inertness and limited genital needs constitute. in its nudity. it forgets too frequently that the human a god comprehends male. making of the creature it loves a god or a goddess. nude and. because it satisfies one sistible of the most natural and most irre. the lover places his idol very high and prostrates himself before it. but is nude. it does not wrap itselfin the hypocrisy. sublime forgetfulness makes of this love the greatest cuckold ever known. because nature can neither be This nor offended with impunity. the goddess a human over the warm wave female. It never 1 1. Contemplative love lives on the frontiers of pathology. It is a lofty love" too lofty. " This is one It is the most sincere and most powerful of loves.

always itself: the tremendous attraction of two great and opposite organic units . amplified by conceit and joined impetuosity of character : such is the most natural I class under the common all those violent loves which a certain source name of . steals. provided it gets it. become usurer. it And all possible ways.to commit forgery. no heroism . ideal and knows no dignity. Let its insatiable prurience be but appeased and sensual love will act as mediator or pander for the loves of goes even so far as to thief and forger with the same others. borrow it. down it plunges until it reaches the filthof domestic libertinism or that of the wandering Venus. tuousness It does not matter to sensual love whether voluptuousness is reached by the sole moral path of love. the most vigorous clash of the two most gigantic forces in the world of the living. licentiousness always dons a splendid robe of sentiment hides its too insolent nudity. but it accepts it also through this way. rash to the point of insolence. it seeks it by it conquers. if youthful strength does not accompany it. but in painting a inclined to exaggerate is irresistibly psychical picture one more relief the coloring or the outlines and give the subject development of the sense Abnormal than it has in nature. a burning thirstthat seeks the cool water of the Alpine spring . decline of each force. just as it accepts volupnausea. where it sinks deeper each day that passes and with the From voluptuousness ' to voluptuousness. buys love. it is often suppliant to the point of baseness. and down. it may emit high musical notes of tenderness and show warm and fascinating tints. it usually slides into lasciviousness. no delicacy. It is inexhaustible in discoveries and inventions. This love is generally masculine : in women. however. Born in the lowest depths of it rarely rises to the high spheres of the the animal man. indefatigable in voluptuousness. it is also a sublime artist.LOVE insatiable or IN RELATION TO TEMPERAMENTS satisfied. without love. Ferocious Love. it is. rather. impure to It accepts a bone to gnaw. Perhaps the term to of ownership." lousnes caleven and which is applied to this love is stronger than it should be.

but as soon as self-love Proud Love. " suffers a sting it froths and swells like a snail or a basilisk and shows the dual nature of its energy in all-its nudity. it may appear as a pure. we a fury without anger. too. and the more too. man generally is the one who loves ferociously. and war as woman the prey belonging to the strongest and also was most audacious. great. and behold it as a tyrant without jealousy.and ends of only with death. but woman. As it is easy to imagine. So of the caves and the palisades." Its birth is nearly always like the tion erupof a volcano and accompanied by so many storms and fitsof affection and such clashing of energies that one would into existsuppose that. it often becomes rugged and have loved our most remote ancestors must even brutal. If kindness of habits or the patient file of education doesnot succeed in smoothing and not its angles. Even in the few moments when this affection is entirely betokens it nor does it abandon itself to ah happy. it never unrestrained confession of beatitude or bliss. instead of a love. a hatred had come ence. feels this cruel form of love . When proud love is satisfied. because voluptuousness fidelity always satisfy it. kisses that seem bites. insatiable even does not calm triumphant after possession. who continuously bathed in the blood of hunt and stained their hands with blood in love as well. Venus nor disarmed would represent this love in all the sublime greatness of its forces. is mine !" This form is a binary combination of one part of love and ten parts of self-love. in when it is all the pomp of its happiness. We see this love distributehandshakes with such strength that we say they are tetanic convulsions. sublime love.THE ' ' BOOK OF LOVE ferocious love. And this original sin follows it through life. the more him and the deeper she she torments plunges the claws of her passion into the depths of his body ' ' to feel its heat and to say with voluptuous fury : This. occasionally attached she is to her lover. of being loved than C1823 .embraces that look like homicides . for the same reason that the rustic never admits that he admires new and love Proud thinks more great things.

like all human the goal of affections. as a its own of affection. it cannot sleep unless a folded rose-leaf is placed in its bed. but it is still more unhappy and rightfully belongs to the pathology of the heart. extinguish itsflame its lips. among ments ingenuous Even in the most and voluptuousness. tion but dignity. Like the Epicurean of old. It exacts fidelity. Excoriated Love.weaken its arms when hardly lighted. to be approached. It is perhaps the would call it un amour Bartholomew most tunes wretched of loves. brambles and over obliged to walk among I have given and for this reason rocks bristlingwith points. formalities. C1833 . of its origins. It is a love a caress. ceremonies. sickly love. which quickly becomes tiresome and not as a dear reciprocaoften disgusting. susceptibil and fear stop it at every step. right of and easily or pardons such sins as the world does not become It is a sterile. secret intimacy it never unfolds its thoughts for fear of ridicule of spoiling a crease of the starchedpaludament in to concede the first which it has wrapped itself. " aware of.LOVE IN RELATION TO TEMPERAMENTS of loving. it is the most jealous of loves and among the most the poorest in sweet abandonunhappy. It also seeks. Rich in exactions and poor in consideration. it creates its own lens them with the of the most unhappy imagination. It is a love that can be sincere. besides the natural misfordaughter lot of Eve of every which are the inevitable troubles and enlarges and every son of Adam. freeze the words on in the embrace.it is never but expects it as a right and a duty. I compare this affection with a St. but it is so irritableand such a grumbler that a Because mosquito would annoy it and a pebble in its path cause it to cry against misfortune and treachery.because suspicion. this form of love is often confounded with the preceding. which. tender and passionate.because. requires infiniteattentions. barren. it always speaks of rights and often does not know of duties. but never reaches it. the French mauvais coucheur. its aspirations. it swells up with pride if fortunate. at the and murmurs slightestsuspicion. it the strange and new name of excoriated love.

aroma because the If kissed.aspire to a love more perfect even those who possess measure just than that which they feel and better than that which they receive. and it is the enviable glory of powerful lovers to cure and win them over to the point of making them confess fully in their lives they were truly. and may create made to love. a veritable treasure : a real mine of resources for the psychological thinker. of voluptuousness. of sentiment and of poetry. Even in the ecstasiesof creation it would ask of the Creator why He had made the light so soon or so late. who know they are loved ardently and faithfully. which I have poorly outlined. atmosphere. Zaneto. breathe without These forms of love. another the manner a in which the type of too languid.in and interwoven with each ized sublime love can be idealin the regions of thought of our brain. and when this thirst for the ideal does not induce C184] . in which they artificial without groaning.THE Excoriated love is a BOOK OF LOVE fatal stillwhich transforms rose-petals into fetidness. it suspects that the caress may have had a second end in view. Johnny. ti non per far a I'amor!" ("Johnny. honey into wormwood. Whoever is loved by these unfortunates has always the right to address them with the of Venice to the unhappy and mad words of the courtesan ti xe fato philosopher of Geneva: "Zaneto. you are not make love !") And yet these unfortunate creatures love deeply. those. kiss was too violent or too cold . of torments loves like another and no man No man loves perfectly. one is too restless. are but rarely found in nature in a simple state. Even a " the most fortunate creatures. it murmurs nourishment into venom. faiththat at least once and passionately loved. if caressed. and live without cursing life. It is one of the most admirable triumphs of the amatory art to find a fabric so fine that it can touch the excoriated flesh of those poor unfortunates. forming a thousand pictures for art. a third too violent. and for them an be able to move coughing. into poison-ivy. that of another a Ijone of energy . but are complicated other. The perfect harmony of one love lacks a note of sensuality.

D853 . it would desire be simply because lifeis spent in us . At early dawn love awaits the promise noon. drives forward men and bliss of today expects a tomorrow. and the intense voluptuousness for more twilight of the evening. which compels to violate the compact of fidelity. richer in splendors and with ardors. light to the blind. and in the burning sultrinesslooks forward to aspire to with eager anticipation to the cool it is spurred by that impulse which things. we because love. must obey the common us ever warmer of a warm purer regions.LOVE us IN RELATION TO TEMPERAMENTS should not complain. If this unquenchab thirst for the better should cease in us. if the irresistible for a higher love should cease. the heavenly regions of the ideal those regions where numberless targets are gathered at which are family of the human aimed the glances and the arrows as " " have all at once been closed to us. matter and force. law. it would be simply because. too.

from the impatience of him who for unexpected instant awaits his beloved. love evinces all the notes of affliction. homicide in cemeteries and hospitals a much greater were are in the summary tics statisAll is for those who this. to the certain consciousness betrayal. in its varieties as rich in afflictions infinite as the grains of sand in the ocean. neither strength nor courage sufficientto the reader into the lower regions of the amorous accompany hell. all the tortures Of the bones which are scattered every day sentiment. love with heart and mind and not with senses only. the ity. of course. depths . to the prolonged desperation one of him who can no longer wait. And so it to turn into the most passion was to precipitate itself into the somberest the deepest was fecund in sorrows. has reserved its greatest bitterness. and as deep as the ocean's abysses. so most warmest cruel torments for love. and with licentiousness cures heals every malady of the heart and drowns all his sorrows from in his libertinism. He who in love a question only of regime and hygiene recovers sees of victims than reckoned conthe loss of his sweetheart with a tear and a new quest. inflexiblefrigidwas to the fleetingbreeze of lightning.CHAPTER THE HELL XVII OF LOVE and tortures. and suicide. the richest in joys to be the most be. many and insanity count number left by love . more evanescent From a suspicion than a more word rapid than the in the written of an soft sand of the seashore.its Pain. If you have already passed your thirtieth year. betrayal with betrayal. family passes the long path through which the human of on on this planet. of our sociologists. all the torments of the senses. you I certainly have C1863 .

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half surely must have among the memories of your past some hour of desperation and some sleepless night which make you shudder only by recalling them ; you must have suffered compared to which Dante's infernal region will seem blooming flower-beds to you, and you must imagine that nature rarely torments one man with all the tortures of the amorous sorrows passion. In human nature some make
certain torments,

the heart incapable of sufferingcertain others, and the morbid rage of jealous pride protects us against the bitter sob
as the chaste reserve generous sorrow, just of a modest deprives us of the possibilityof sufferingthe ardent nature thirst for certain pleasures.

of

a

If you wish to open just a littlethe door of this hell, if you want to sound its abysses with a passing glance, imagine side all the hopes, all the voluptuousness, all the nesses, riches of love, and on the other all the fears, all the bitterall the miseries. And after this cruel exposition of the joysand sorrows of love, you will not have ended yet,
on one

because the fields of sufferance are The than those where joy is sown. is one ; the tortures of a man woman

a

hundred

times larger

physical possession of a beholding the fruit near

without his being able to touch it are thousands; and this example will sufficefor all. Thus, as the antithesisof life is death, in its presence all the arrows of our pride lose their sharpness, all our hopes In the delirium of passion and pride we all repeat hundreds of times: "I would have her dead rather than belonging to another" a thousand times buried, but not unfaithful." And frequently the man who
are

torn,

all our

joysshattered.

his lips livid and his hair standing on end, stains his hands with blood by plunging them into the bosom of a victim. Folly and delirium ! Hurricanes of the ture heart where love and hatred, pride and love, crime and torBut clash and blend in the tumult of a dreadful storm. love, which truly loves, infinitelove which transforms man
utters this blasphemy,

into the half of a creature that suffersand desires,ideal love that few feel and few see dimly in the twilight of a supra-

sensible region which

their hands

cannot

reach, recognizes

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greater torture than the death of the beloved. let indifference, contempt, hatred, betrayal come,
one

Oh, yes; but that

the dear
we

have

may live. Let others have this creature whom believed to be ours, have into whose veins we

blood; let this temple, perfumed our poured with the incense of our thoughts, with the durable love of all our ers passions, become the temple of another god; let our flowbe trampled upon, pur crowns broken, ourselves driven by the rough broom but let the away of the sexton, god live who
the altar.

there, let the idol of our life shine on sojourns like a fugitive, despised like a criminal, Dejected

vituperated like a spy, in the cold and distant solitude we drink drop by drop a bottomless cup of gall, and every drop is bitterer than the last; but we know that she breathes the
air of our planet, which is inebriated by the same
we sun

too

breathe;
warms

we

know ;
we

that

us

that she know that

the numberless shadows that wander through the the spaces of the invisible there is a creature around whom air becomes mellower and the light brighter; that there are

among

certain clods of earth which yield to the weight of a body love lives,hope we that we love. No; as long as the woman does not lose all its feathers, and far, far away, less tangible than
more

the regions of heaven, inconceivable than eternity, it stillsoars zon, horion our lives and perhaps not believed, not confessed, but it still
a more
us

dream,

invisible than

keeps
But
so

alive.
we as

when

cowardly in the humid

stilllive and she is dead; when we are still to live, to breathe, to eat, and she is buried

wooden coffin; when all the world is dead; when the joy of a thousand still exists and she flowers that blossom in every ray of light, the trills of a thousand birds that sing of love, the groups of the fortumiasma

of

a

who embrace each other, and the benedictions of so happy creatures are nothing but a frame to a gelid many void, a dark world; when we remain suspended between an infinityof joythat was ours and an infinityof sorrow that is tomorrow ours "and as long as we are so and shall be ours
nates
'

cowardly

as

to live,
"

then

we

may

look upon

suicide

as

the

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supreme joy of life,as the most then we may understand how man

sublime of human prides; in a flash dream of the can great voluptuousness of mingling his bones with those of another creature; then we can understand how imagination
can

smile at the idea of the embrace of two corpses, of the fusion of two ashes, of the resurrection of two existences extinguished in the perfume of two flowers grown upon a human grave and which the wind blandly brings together that they may kiss again. In the silence of the cemeteries there are some flowers that kiss each other and to which, perhaps, from under the earth responds the quivering of certain bones; there are certain

lips
one

planet, which closely pressed against each other day, which death cruelly separated and which a second cause survive, it is beus,

on

our

death has reunited forever. And when we a new organism has been created in
are no

and

today

we

longer what we were yesterday. The thoughts of the past, the limbs of the past, all that we were yesterday is dead, dead forever; from the withered trunk of our existence,
science, duty, friendship, paternal
or

maternal

or

filial

love

branch to shoot forth, which reproduces the passer-by, seeing the same ancient tree; and the common fruits,believes that only flowers, the same leaves, the same
cause a new one

corpse is buried there
certain
sorrows on one

"

but he is in

error.

We

can

survive

condition only : to accomplish the tomorrow miracle of dying today in order to be born anew but with a new life'.And for the honor name, with the same remain the faithful and silent priests of the vanished god, like those Peruvians who, on the summits of the Andes, amidst the eternal glaciers of the Sorata or of the Illimani, stillworship the god of their

of human

nature,

these survivors

is the proof of understand certain sorrows lofty mind ; to have experienced them is the glory of a martyr

fathers.

To

a

which

exalts and purifies us.

cause I feel very sure that many who weep for love, either betheir love is not returned or because they fear deception have not already been deceived" or because of "if they

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their bitter disappointment when they found that they had burned their incense to an idol of clay or a statue of marble, will repute my description exaggerated, yet it is nevertheless

be pallid picture of a sorrow which pen of man will never able to portray from nature, but succeed only in divining from afar. To many death, the absolute evil, in the presence of which every hope perishes, seems preferable to the torture
a

that threatens lifeyet does not kill,which opens the wounds I wish and hinders the work done by nature to heal them. have the opportunity of that these gentlemen may never making the cruel comparison for themselves, of experiencing assimilated anatomy of two great sorrows, one of which is termed death, the other desperation. If they truly love, may they die earlier than their beloved ! This is
the effects of
an

the sweetest blessing that I of my book.

can

offer them

from the pages

passion so fervid and so deep that we must not if it has abrupt convulsions and sudden swoons. wonder Accustomed to dwell always in lofty regions, to have but
a

Love is

for nourishment, to vibrate with the highest notes of sentiment and the delirium of the senses, it may instantaneously become possessed, when it least expects
extreme

voluptuousness

it,by unreasonable fears,idioticsuspicions, inexplicable restlessness. By this I do not mean diffidence,jealousy, disgust,
or bitterdisappointments, but a weary libertinism, vague and shapeless fog that invades the heart which, by feeling too deeply, has become languid and congeals the nerves exhausted

from

which intense bitterness.
An
immense

teria excessive quivering. It is an indefinable hysfrom a slight disorder may develop into a most

love, whatever the source of the heart from which it springs forth, is always followed by the shadow of infinitefear. You adore your child; you have leftan him in your garden, intent on fillinghis little as rosy and fresh as cart with sand ; he was him; as bright as the sun that gilded his the flowers near curly locks. Now, while you are seated at your table, you have wished to call him, I know not why, perhaps to hear the
on
or

for five minutes

the lawn

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flying in a few seconds over a thousand miles of thought. of the impulses they feel only the shock. by that love of loves which alone was as the prince and god of all the amorous Neither the most patient and long observation of human phenomena nor the most lively imagination could enable us to divine all the petty tortures that lovers inflict selves. imbued everything. fastidious. only that littlehoney that love has the blows. but you. according to persons. melancholy. and have hardly emerged when gloomy meditation on the infidelityof man These love-letter. and he does not answer you. have imagined that he was dead. has decreed that no one shall be happy on this perhaps to planet. that he had fallen in a swoon who knows the fantastic " With your visions that have passed through your mind! heart throbbing. your skin in a perspiration. they fear wormwood. they pulverize everything. You call him again. that a snake had bitten him. you are afraid to rise and wish to defer for a moment the spectacle of a cruel loss. they pass everything through the sieve. Of these and greater follies we are given a sad spectacle every day called by this name sentiments." these unfortunates (we have already described them) love is with so much bitternessand surrounded by so many nettles that it actually resembles a bramble.THE sweet HELL OF LOVE sound of his silvery voice . to some In this field of evil. and again silence. looking for the mite or the poison. And then. upon themsome obey that cruel law which.in the caress indifference. even for all they wish to keep under watch in so many tabernacles and under so many seals that they are very fortunate when they jeremiad they can find and relish it! From a jealous fall into an hysterical soliloquy.phrase For the cat may be applied: "Clamando miser e amat. In the kiss they suspect ice. scrutinize everything. temperament individuals the of Linnaeus concerning the loves of . creatures they fall into the autopsy of a from a IT1913 . is everything. all thorns and Suspicious. He is utterly absorbed in the ponderous care of his wagon .

then entirely. his can be clouded by intense lust. and no There is perhaps greater torture than relegates it to the criminal code and the prison. case we would have a human the blood of a poor creature who swoons with terror or struggles powerlessly in the clutches of a tiger: they are sorrows which belong to the story of terror. There is no case of aversion and loathing run through her entire body. for woman. with grief in many she must. no caress force him to accept a caress which to him is repugnant. and which assimilatesthe prostitute to the martyr. because bitterness is on their lips certainly born and not in the cup of love. may be as cold as ice.THE were BOOK OF LOVE if under an unlucky star.invading even in the world can revive it. and even nature should make them a gift of a Venus draped by the Graces. I do not mean of a man whom brutal violence that assimilates an embrace to homicide. by the special nature of his aggressive sex. they would stillbe always unhappy. In him voluptuousness do without love. to the bloodiest I intend to speak here of the pages of supreme tortures. In this bites. however. submit tp his caress. among the greatest that the human heart suffer. For if indifference. I intend to speak of torture bitter.somber. D923 . she and very Frigid. hate a to the desire of death. or an Apollo with the brain of Jupiter. despise to abhorrence a man man who cases is near to her. contempt permeate him passion. that which a woman must suffer when compelled to submit to the caress by this the she does not love. and yet in many in can. and physical love has a joy that is can to conceal mercifully all his lack of sentiment and sufficient hatred. must be spurred to the embrace by a sudden enthusiasm. These sorrows. feel chilly shivers Woman.almost exclusively reserved Man. deep as caresses that a woman must infinity.no lSw. senses must the last intrenchments of love. because law. human or divine.were by a cruel nature.sheds beast that strikes. can in which the ancient theory of freedom of the will shows its ridiculous falsityas plainly as in this. accord to a man money or a surprise of the senses has sold her to him without love.

and for her it is nothing but violence . the daughter of Eve is brought to this sacrifice of the body by the tyranny of the law.THE HELL OF LOVE her heart and hatred on her lips. to have for years and years of the promised land conquered it. she passion. instead of love. through the of adolescence .she beholds the ardor of that man her . then that poor woman by drop the most cruel torture that any creature can endure . the holiestthing is plunged into the most fetid mud . if she does not yet possess that skepticism which heals the heart or that cynicism which shields it.to feel in the bosom a roaring beast which satisfies like magnesia or a part of the regime of a man. rto~be leeches truly this is more cruel torture than the inquisitors for a lonely invented. inch by inch. to have loved and to love. with its flashes.its light. by the perverted tendencies finds herself led of our moral education. when she cruel misfortune through ignorance or through the fault of others. after all this. what abysses of desperation are [193] . horrible fear of dying before having loved . pollutes her. it is really too great a sorrow ever " " weak creature mass ! What of meditations. then. then she passes through a long and merciless agony. simply grotesque. ocean a brutal force which debases. the greatest joy gives place to the greatest shame. she cannot has fallen into that mire through her own be more cruelly punished. to be at the gates of paradise and inhale through the portal its inebriating perfumes and then. she smells. to become conscious of having been transformed into a vessel " the thirst. she looks on which burns but does not warm the sublimity of enthusiasm only as the culmination of ridicule discerns finds but it . The immensity of prostitution is avenged with an infinity of outrage. To have dreamed of love. to be aware of a volcano in the heart. touches simply prostitutes. infinity of repugnance in an of When nausea woman ! fault. an sees. she perceives impetuosity.if she stillremembers to that " drinks drop the trepidations of love. its perfumes. to reveries of childhood and the rosy aurora have felt an immense. if she stillknows what modesty is. on the contrary. But when.

believed to have in his arms More than one embrace has generated twins. conceived. There is. who rachitic limbs. If we could dedicate half a if Diogenes' lantern century to the search for the right woman. and and wisest creaa part of happiness is always among the unknown tities quandetermined by chance and not by reflection. love is all that its distresscould not of life. remember that for many love is the firstand the last of passions. a creature. More than one than one assassination was adultery. you who see in love a cup to empty. a tenacious and bitter hatred. discussed. cruel revenge. man new and a new only the death of the one who hates can extinguish.while the victim meditates a long. dertainly among the thousand millions of human beings who tread this planet we could and should be able to find the woman who would be happy with us and Unfortunately. There is no man. an.THE BOOK OF LOVE caressed gathered in a few seconds in the hea"d of a woman What by a man does love! not lence. Hence even rapid and exacting in its desires to make such a C1943 . too search for fortunate the most tures possible. straightening the born weak or sickly. tempering the bitterness. And I believe that can the same apply to love. no unhappy be relieved by another nature capable of mending the shreds of the heart. hatred. life is too short and love is make us happy. be supplied with food and surrounded with the physical and moral atmosphere that agrees with him. more enwhen man. vowed in that moment creature who does not love him joying a happy the supreme bliss. could be fitted with the electric light which modern science concedes to us. the first creatures that for very many and the last of joys. eagerly advised women to avoid! Often does a man press to his bosom a he too heedlessly and whom prostitutes. the libertine. could not become robust if he only should live in a climate. eloquence in siwhom she that silence which Ovid.d find in which matrimony ism only an association of two capitals or a mechanfor reproducing the species. O men. since it often survives the death of its object. whom you neglect and nature so perhaps despise.and remember women.

The study of these contrasts. if your comknew should blush through your fault. some of them. with it. but it can never be the bread of a daily bliss. the stimulus of a desire or the thirstfor a caress rare thing. of these partial incompatibilities would require the moral analysis of the entire man. it is true.THE many HELL OF LOVE and beautiful natures are tied by love-knots. thirst arises in one to the other. of his do all social vicissitudes. the awakening of one who slumbers. a fortunate coincidence which gilds with the To same is most a beautiful rays the happiest hours of life. and never permits them to unite. the opportunity of healing these unsightly wounds. filialand paternal loves. so that a of the two and is communicated It is an generates caresses. wounds self- the most impatient. the most ridiculous. a flutteringof wings. fraternal. and still are not happy because characters fit each other on many sides of the human polygon but not on all. but spring from all human tions affecand poison friendship.love. Love stands between them. however. the least unscrupulous or heedless movement tact. may bring the two elements into conand the ridiculous. because you not at the proper shield them love! time and place how to close your eyes or with the merciful veil of your hand or your "195] . In all other cases. because panion she has her hand suavely ready to aid. feel at the same hour. but the least inadvertence. the most grotesque desires you should throw at once the mantle Every threat of ridicule then vanthem. I because she oftener than we has address myself to woman. but it is always the invitation to a rendezvous. ishes of love to cover like vapor. while many of those sorrows not belong solely to love. Woe. at the same in the moment. the ridiculous always runs parallel and very near to the sublime. Even upon it touches. a caress invitation of lips. wherever love and. no wounding of self-love is possible. are peculiar to the love of loves. In these invitations. a harmonious note which calls from a bough to another bough .in these firstskirmishes. degree. spark draws a spark.

but their number is infinite. the torments of love should be deeply studied because they always move side by side with joy and voluptuousness. which. tortures. cut from which oozes after a long. their names are countless. selfish love and not by love. so that at the end bless love. a because too exacting modesty lose or conquer : but many fleewhen they should not . more. one may and love often lies blood.the wearinesses. The on the ground drenched with its own the spites. against them. just does not always know how to reconcile the inequalities of the much bitterness. of senses and of intellectman than to possesses a when it is always the bitter sap of sorrow. else" the.in which we defend ourselves with Here also" and here all the weapons of nature and art. hence many recede. by standing one's ground senses. though with some our life with its most beautiful I have alluded only to some of the torments which populate the hell of love . the influence of a noble virtues and generous character in all its strength.how repels a too live ardor does not decide with wise of temperament. how on the blooming paths many nettles and thorns are because delicacy of sentiment of the most fervid passion. * we slight flowers. weight of mental is in revealed all its power. when the calm light of reason base actions accompanies sublime incapacity to commit when the the perhaps. and very few are Much luck. than DM] . much greater possibilityto suffer bliss is attained and the veins are anywhere. the stings. many stand firm when they should flee defeats which disappoint both conquerors and conquered.THE How BOOK OF much found LOVE rancor and spite. may has perfumed thorough knowledge of man. In every field of sentiment. should be allowed to starve! By fleeing one may lose or conquer . us from them. fiercebattle. or because woman by prompted perception that the too exacting demands. The ardent and impetuous heart is not a source bitterness of greater amorous burns within it.the bitternesses. great experience can defend so a fortunate as not to stumble of our career sorrow. and enjoy.

even of lose hearts blue in bitterness ocean their the calm small of a when character which is all sweetness they have and sympathy. when we enjoymore the pleasure we give than that which we receive. D973 . Weak and defective natures are strengthened and straightened for support the robust column of an the rabid rancors affectionate and noble nature.THE HELL OF LOVE desire for the good.

and conscience when many. as many as numberless as the grains love's own delights . because it so pathology of its own. mean are as cowardice and great crimes. has a of vice and crime. who endeavors In the very simplest organism of inferior animals every love disease desire of ceases or has exa wound when age. widens its sphere of action as to enclose a larger field and has more incapable of a prepotent needs to satisfy. dear. It seems however. that is to say. this is an to lose all that he holds most inexhaustible source of disgrace. may compromise with his a question of love arises. while in men even whose souls have been kneaded with sludge it becomes the greatest coefficient Love. guilt.CHAPTER THE XVIII OF LOVE DEGRADATIONS being the most powerful agitator of human elements known. a superior pathology. The degradations of love of sand in the sea. be reduced to two principal study of physiology they can forms. stirs the slime which is always found ever that was in the noblest natures. they are of every size and adapt themselves to the infinitedegrees of human baseness. In man. disease that should receive the care of the physician or the hygienist . shame that must be thoroughly .and natures. like all other sentiments. even though about Love. hausted the energy of the genital organs. A man base deed even though dying of hunger. instead. that in a general to me. it is not only a case which requires the attention of the legislator: but it is a Impotency is not only a moral studied by the chologis psyto outline the natural story of love. impotency and prostitution. many blemishes stain the texture of the noblest and loftiest Love wants to possess us bound hands and feet.

no amorous note arises in the eunuch. but the innocent maiden And who does not understand and accepted the compact. very many. inundated her with eunuch embraced her with his impotent sterilekisses. while our rachitic civilization makes by hundreds with cuckoldly ornaments low world of wandering obtain the exact number of these "half -men" them to their inexorable files. they are specters that belong to the These poor limbo of the most transcendent pathology. however. fortunately. tions mutilate themselves and die in the beatitude of their mutilanot does not consist of saints or of men . desired her. pariahs of nature are. but for a " yes.THE DEGRADATIONS OF LOVE irresistible and bestial needs are so teeming with psychical elements of the moral and the intellectual world as to survive the disease of the organ. and a woman die of love although knowing nothing of the existence of the True it is.be it enough know the semi-eunuchs who fill the sanctuary of the family and the loves. Nature's whole love. Sometimes of owning it without having the right to enter being and did confess his the eunuch was not an chaste and cool dawn could not possess her he wished to as nature abject did not shame before his betrayal. true love. In the fecund generator of many other minor shames.a need of the senses.and endeavored to warm caresses. nude but innocent love. Statistics. An innocent man loves the most can without being aware of his manhood." The wretched man to possess man commanded own the temple and feel the emotion woman. it. if the phantoms of a strange lasciviousness are noticed wandering even here and there. much more than feminine virtue and patience could tolerate. but also a function of reproductive Martyrs and saints could life. cannot and for consign us to numerous that they are many. or womb. very rare . and the marmoreal statue of adolescent virginity "199!] . more consented unwittingly to an infamous compact by which a man and great wealth in exchange offered her a great name loved her. but the majority Every mutilation of love is a shame and the most martyrs. And the believe himself a hero or a martyr at that age? his precious prey. than one woman of early youth. is all sentiment or thought.

painful stab in her her : ' ' You. how many ! contaminated source O not felled it despairing and imploring. to be spared blushing. the sublime mission of redeeming a desman : but I assure you that neither virtue nor sacrifice nor And that formidable cry of the universe of stifle While the living that wants you to be wives and mothers. be happy self without voluptuousness if she only feels her"a loved : but she wishes to love." a mother love is not all senses and all lust. will try to smile. and in good faith was broken by the most the covenant you. to her. what a fruitful many brigands spring from this stream of bastards. generous women.THE BOOK OF LOVE trembled with new and. happy an outcast of nature. a cruel. quarter-eunuchs. that in vain she was a woman. perate smiling perhaps. and sworn powerful of domestic How affections. who can elevate noble women. teachers you think that you will make of every kind of sacrifice. the tabernacle of maternity. do imhope to be loved by a woman on you have posed whom infamous contract ! No virtue. you impose upon yourselves." even I appeal to all the daughters of Eve. and love attacked and seized virtue. to the highest regions even the lowest. misfortunes. why make a martyr of her ? Do you want to be the executioner of her whom you say you love? you. incomprehensible emotions. Later on. nobody is stronger than nature. no oath can resist an the sacred laws of love . And if you have found a heroine. woman No. only through the door of domestic treason. real eunuchs. Sentiment can be such a great part of it as to conceal voluptuousness in the can most secluded recess of a hidden region. will enter the sanctuary of sanctuaries. and should love. with the palm of sacrifice tightly pressed to her bosom. and. man. can heroism the martyr. the virgin realized that she was a woman. passion. deep. do not accept any compact involving a mutilation of love. will heart will warn become only through a crime. You. half-eunuchs. Eve and daughter of Eve. they may reply with a nod of the head and without moving Is it lips: true their that you not ja would prefer C2003 . No.

THE hundred
vow

DEGRADATIONS
a

OF
"real

LOVE
man,"

times to be loved by

even

with

a

of chastity,rather than to be profaned and satiatedwith lust at the hands of a eunuch ? Is it not true that above all "an to have for you want support that firm column called honorable man" ? And certainly he is not an honorable man

who claims the possession of loved by her when he is not a
The

a

woman

and

demands

to

be

man.

forty, at fiftyyears of age aspire to have a family, after having dragged their half-virility through the lasciviousness of prostitutionand the dainties of the erotic kitchen, should never suppose that lechery can
who
at

half-men

They can prostitute take the place of true love in a woman. their spouse, but they can never make her love them earnestly and deeply. They are foredoomed by the inexorable laws of nature to figure largely in the population of cuckoldom.
When
two

impotency

falls like
a

happy

lovers, it is only

thunderbolt on the head of disease, a misfortune that concerns
a

the physician and the pharmacist ; but when it precedes love, it is cowardice, degradation, infamy. The honest man
it; should never attempt to conceal it from himself or justify love, a thing that he should either courageously renounce does not concern him, or expose the sore and ask the armed hand of the surgeon to cut and cauterize it. Let him become a man again, and then see if he can aspire to the delights of sentiment. farm.

Before becoming

a

farmer, he should possess

a

The complicated mechanism of our social organism, in the manner same as it offers to the thirstof ardent youth voluptuousness lovers, a love, imposes more on many with without
Here we cruel amputation, love without voluptuousness. have the two chief sources which of the thousand sorrows ness human society prepares for those who love: "Voluptuous-

without love," that is, all the degradations and shames without voluptuousness," that is, all of prostitution; "Love the tortures of enforced chastity. Between these two hells the enamored youth remains a long time suspended, until, to
into a somber avoid death, he takes lechery and imagination hide in the reedy old boat and flees away with them to

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marshes and among the miasmas the degradations of love, and

of self-abuse" the lowest of
one

place between impotency and all the Olympus of love, he must enjoys its degradations.

occupies prostitution. Yes; which

a

proper
as

man

also submit to all

In the book which I will dedicate to the hygiene of love this problem will be thoroughly studied. Here I shall refer to it only so far as it concerns the physiology of sentiment.

It is painful to admit it,but it is true: our modern society has rendered love so difficult to many unhappy creatures as

make them pass under the Caudine Forks of this cruel dilemma: either to buy voluptuousness and counterfeit love with it, or dream of love in the mire of solitary lasciviousforced to become In one way or the other, we are ness. in counterfeiters and to blush for ourselves at the manner
to

which we satisfy the most powerful of human needs. Solitary love is not only a sin against hygiene, and

one

which kills health and vigor, but it is also an offense against morals, a poison of happiness. He who repeatedly falls into the crime and is frequently obliged to blush, tarnishes more dignity, weakens the every day the limpid purity of his own strong spring of virile resolutions and becomes a greater self coward in all the battles of life. While he blushes for himhim to a and curses himself and the love that condemns in the than ever continuous debasement, he blushes more
presence of the woman he becomes of whom

the wave of love at later succeeds in loving, has spoiled the purity of his tastes and his aspirations and in the arms of a woman who loves him complains of the solitary twinges of a morbid voluptuousness, like one who, having burned his mouth with the pungent tastes of pipe and brandy, can no longer relish the flavors of pineapple and strawberry. Love is the greatest of conquests, the sweetest of delights, to renounce it in order to replace it with the joy of joys; degradation is worse
a

he does not feel worthy and of whom less worthy at each fall. He poisons its very firstsource and, even when he

hundred

Better crime, it is an infamy. times chastity with its sublime tortures, prostituthan
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tion with its filth. True and complete love is a splendid banquet under the fragrant trees of a garden, amidst the glitteringof the chalices, the harmonies of music and the witty jests of friends; solitary love is a furtive meal with

bone picked up in the fetidness of a dunghill and gnawed in the dark. Prostitution is, after solitary abuse, the greatest degradation
a

a

it should be said at once, of love, and, what is worse, necessary one in modern society. Tibullus hurls at it
" "

a

splendid malediction

:

"Jam tua qui Venerem docuisti vendere primus lapis !" es, infelix urgeat ossa Quisquis

("Whoever thou bones!")

art who
an

pleasures of love, may

firsthast taught to sell the ill-boding stone crush thy

/ This imprecation, repeated by all moralists of every succeeding age, could not prevent for one day the sale of love, and
was

universal experience
a

demonstrates he wrote

that St. Augustine
:

sounder philosopher when

meretrices de rebus humanis, turbaveris omnia loco, labe ac dedecore libidinibus; constitue matronarum

"Aufer

dehonestaveris."
things, and you the prostitutes out of human will disturb the whole world with lust; put them in the place of wives, and you will defilehome with disease and

("Take

dishonor.")
written but this sentence, I would proclaim him a great psychologist; in a few words he has shown all the sides of the tremendous problem, given a lesson If St. Augustine had of toleration to the intolerant, of social science to economists, centuries, his words are as true, and today, after so many profound, inexorable as when he addressed them to a world
so

different from

ours.
are

Difficult problems

not

solved by fleeing from

or

by

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concealing them;

philosophers physicians, many yet many burning attempt to solve the most questions of modern society after the manner of a child who by closing his eyes believes that he is fleeing from the dog that threatens him. To Dr. Monlau in Spain and Dr. Bergeret in France, who and

thought that they would be able to save society by abolishing prostitution, I replied in a few words which I wish to save from the shipwreck of the newspapers in order, to gather them in the shadow of this book : wondered at finding philosophers who in Fichte or in Kant study man without having ever touched his palpitating body, or examined any of his
never

"I

have

fibers with the microscope; who advise the legislator to destroy in the social organism, with iron and fire, that livid and cancerous spot called prostitution; neither have
I given the alarm or extolled it as a miracle when I heard invoked against the houses of ill fame by the auto-da-fe moralists who have had the rare fortune of having been

born without the sixth sense, or the still rarer merit of it iron smothering with the extinguisher of an will. But when I hear these intolerant cries from the mouth of a physician, I shake my head diffidently,and with a compassionate
voice I ask myself: Has this moralist actually seen and cut into his cold and rigid flesh on the chilly marble slab of the anatomical cabinet? He who hurls the, at prostitution, is he really the physician who anathema 'Is he really a physician? in convulsive delirium a man

should act
man sees

as

a

kind link between

only a defendant who in him considers only an unhappy creature to heal and help ?' "These trious and other questions I addressed to the illusSpanish physician Monlau when he proposed to his
government fame; and

the legislator,who in to punish, and the philanthropist,

the absolute suppression of the houses of ill then I had the pleasure of seeing my poor words printed in the progressive Spanish medical journals. Now I make the same reproach to Dr. Bergeret, who, in

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then. those of the surgeon who barbarously amputates the merciful science. wherever the eyes of the authorities cannot penetrate into the most secret fissuresof the social edifice where lie concealed the lurid parasites that sting and find them deploring the evils that are the eration results of clandestine prostitution and destroying all tolon this ground there is an abyss over which the physician and the legislatorshould not pass on the waxen but which should be crossed wings of an Arcadian flight. my dear moralist. gets drunk and prostitutes itself. us. devour But between the solid bridge of a wise criticism. is the cause of the existence of wars? houses of ill fame. went so far as to fling the anathema against that caustic wound which civilization has opened in the diseased flesh of the modern social organism. fili mi?' of sician phy- h}stime and lurid stories of what occurred in some And who does not know similar stories? Italy. in Germany. but. poisons.THE one DEGRADATIONS on OF LOVE prostitution in the country places and small towns of France. that man not man you ought to be able to whom understand if it is true that you also are made of the same Your morals are those of the inquisitor who dough? he cannot burns the sinner whom convert. taverns. daggers. pray. and I. with a of his memoirs a ' melancholy : "Bergeret lost much sad air. my dear theorist. he member which. you say learn vice in the houses of ill fame. that men over macists without taverns would there be no assassins. firearms.more as C2053 . with a wiser and more Modern civilization substitutes the should preserve. faith in books has more school for the inquisitor'sstake. repeat to the French Tu quoque.without pharturers would there be no poisoners. "Then. they are as has only as those of the legislatorwho false and coarse the prison and the scaffold for the education of the guilty. in preservative medicine than in prisons and halters. we can ink in narrating villages of France. We have them in in every country where humanity loves and suffers. if himself. without manufacbayonets and would* there be no of gunpowder And who.

With Juvenalian did not want the money Brazil devotes to the regulation of vice the money received We from the sale of decorations and titles find of nobility. this new rebuild them.THE BOOK OF LOVE as the social imbued as it is a poor creature with evil humors. who sell themselves. Alexander Severus - collected through taxes on houses of prostitution to be paid into the treasury. to blood into his flesh. ''the twenty towhere they are termed "the fifty tomani" a tariff is the index of the etc. . but everywhere mani" hierarchy of vice and a scale of lechery. in Persia. on the most the contrary. as long And long shall succeed with the tonic cure of education in renewing the blood in the veins of this old invalid and in pouring his bones and his nerves. We will close the house of voluptuousness when every a man considered There are will have his nest and love will not be crime any longer. has the high prostitutes and the very high. together with many other ones which are stillbleeding. Not in all countries are prostitutes cynically named according to the price they ask for their favors. every country. used it for the maintenance sagacity. as. until we as than in the surgeon's knife." some savage races among which prostitution is unknown. his of the theaters and the minister. ' ' This is why and we with which save the life of a diseased organism. but we also find. when life shall be no longer threatened tion. with many curious bones and many scrofulous tumors. too. and Ulpian. the low and the very low. O egregious colleague of the country beyond the Alps. we will kindly cauterize its flesh to keep it alive. while no civilizednation is without prostitutes. the government of public health. even moral. "And believe me. stillpreserve the cautery of prostitucare jealous wish to guard it with the same a physician keeps a precious wound open to we blood. everywhere women C206H . organism is diseased. to divert into more ignoble parts those acrid humors that would poison the sources of life. then we will close and the organism shall have new this wound.

he partakes he becomes intoxicated. an ness or licentioustime. man how to love. Procurers and procuresses hasten to the market of lechery to test the fleshof the precious victims. according to the infamous art with which she knows how to feign pleasure and counterfeit love. in those dark haunts of licentiousness. And the joy she sells is paid for the requirements of beauty. luxury. A thousand muddy streamlets carry their tributesto prostitution but first source is at the cause one the . in woman an imperious want of bread or licentiousness.THE to our DEGRADATIONS OF LOVE honor. without desire. and a mysterious mephitic air hangs heavily over the simony of love. Unfortunately woman can and bread at the same always sell five minutes of voluptuousness without love. that society is everywhere ashamed of this stain. fashion. And prisoners in the same gloomy atmosphere are martyrs norance of love and nymphomaniacs. C 20711 . conceal in the lurid or gilded prisons of prostitution that quivering herd of youth and shame. forgets There. prostitutes the most forces of thought and affection. and money crowd. to fatten the lean and buy the plump for according to the higher bidder . thirstless. Such is the love that modern civilizationoffers to all those hundred thousand pariahs who cannot find the straw not to weave the chaste nest of the family. and powerful : in man imperious appetite for voluptuousness. of savory without the necessity of overcoming modesty. keeping within the shadow of the law. and panders and bawds. food. Without hunger. to all those who canmake a vow innocent maiden of chastity and do not wish to deceive or an steal another man's woman. she can sellherself with disgust in her heart and hatred on her lips. he obtains levels all virtues and concedes the maddest polygamy.all the bloody carrions of the great social battles. all the lowest strata of feminine society. loses the holy poetry of the heart and the terious mysgigantic quivers of sentiment. victims of hunger and of igfallen angels and foul demons. and there one sees the nude and chaste statue of Love dragged in the fetid bog by a frolicsome tipsy everything. conceals and does not mention it.

THE BOOK OF LOVE Our civilized anthropist society can really be proud of this. the phildirges. that in the passer-by it may than lechery. The sale of love should neither be family. all the paths of society.we love the hundred must above all scrape off from modern C2083 . such sacrilege! The as a cure. to hope at least to attain it. that deception. which all may hope to attain. either children cast into the depth of misery or famy. And when a sincere moralist or a true philosopher attempts to cut the bark away and show to us through a littlefissure flee horrified and clamor how deep the decay is. as we already tolerate and pity many other maladies of our social organism. can a joinin degradation crown our or crime. which contains a treasure of delights for the future of him who waits (this. but it should be watched tenderly as in a hospital.writers and teachshould raise the level of general culture and teach the elect the paradise of chastity. should. deal with prostitution government malady to be treated. proletariate or incodes. then we against such impudence. therefore. to parade its lurid sores. the economists with with their tearful their wise reflections. and preserves for true love. nor proclaimed as a feast of the human officially because it inundates then overflows and suppressed. alas! the And libertine will never be able to understand). To reach this sublime goal. so awaken compassion rather ers while the state keeps a good vigil. the infinite joysof a virgin voluptuousness.the legislators with their elaborate dous chorus to sing hosannas to this stupenEither a starving family or solution of the problem. faith betrayed in the house of a friend. Stupendous dilemmas society with numberless horns and sow If a thick bark of hunger and corruption everywhere hypocrisy did not cover the rotten trunk of our modern behold! civilization. prostitution. It should not be permitted to grow. it should be tolerated and pitied. not because there is any hope of but because society owes to every sick person a physician and a bed. to itself with tinsel spread.what a horrible spectacle should we . to cover and paint .

to concede free. but we have concealed too much and have been silent too long. but at the same exalted. demands a physician to cure its sores. England.when Malthus finds such preventive and devour calmly discuss an eloquent who brings his theory from the and daring commentator field of economy into that of morality. us our sires de- conceal and believe that we are able with silence to suppress the passions and suffocate the desires. and that chastity is to separate voluptuousness the most beautiful and holiest of guardian of love.because of the impossibilityfor most of the people of morally satisfying one of the most powerful When needs. This book was a distressing surprise to me. human . most " is the only remedy against the proteiform corruption that invades modern society. to be chaste in in order to possess her some day. Yes. to cleanse it from so much degradation. at the first dawn of youth. infected with so much prostitution monogamous and adultery. not have teach We love before voluptuousness. they can write such a book as this in England nine editions.THE coats of DEGRADATIONS we OF our LOVE children learn love as a crime in the house of vice . of hygiene and even of religion.but a chambermaid modest and pure girl should be the firstteacher of love. when an honest physician can intercourse. a woman who should must hypocrisy. one of the honest and wisest physicians of London most published a book that has already reached the ninth edition" in which he frankly dared assert that free love. In the puritanical country in the world. joysand the most watchful C209-] . And this physician must be a less hypercriticaland time more less exacting morality. conquered in the same or the prostitute. and incessantly proclaiming itself while it is largely polygamous. without fecundation. they should be taught that it is a sublime delight conceded to the good and the noble and is to be Not the manner as glory and wealth. or at leastless soiled with filth loves virtuous and more and lies. I believe it my duty to affirm that society is thoroughly diseased and (I say it loudly) should be cured. modern society. but immediately. a morality that should teach us never because more from love.

and where they breathe a purer air and cull the most delicate and beautiful flowers. spheres in which they dwell. elect never prostitute themselves.THE BOOK OF LOVE even entered scend the paradise of love. and because. may elevate themselves to the high order that the masses. should exert all their faculties with all their strength in too. they feel too great repugnance to deThey to the mire of the simony of voluptuousness. not times. because they love. having The in these once C2103 .

and solves every idea of right and wrong disand vanishes. And is this adultery with the force of irresistible not Man prostitution? which he has imposed is either not himself. The inciteto prostitution is considered a very serious crime. what is worse. but most venial sin ever ment feted and almost accepted as a social institution. love is a liar.but in actual life adultery is the most common known. some cases then. on the women other hand. never cannot will love her and will drive her to necessity." If. common sense It is a written offends and wounds the sentiment of justice. but many legislators sell their daughters to a rich husband who love her. In none institutions is such impenetrable of the human darkness as in the field of love. it is not only tolerated. you Willfind several columns bristling with figures indicating the large number of suicides and homicides for love . always deal very leniently with crimes for which the code would send the culprit to death or to prison for life. probably the times: "Love fault what is the most common same reply will be repeated a hundred is inconstant. and but rarely. that amorphous of adultery. or on of the laws worthy he is rambling in a [2113 . contradictions.and they often acquit the man who has turned chaotic mass in which murderer for love. scattered here and there. where an intricate mass of reticences. The jurymen. law that adultery is a crime to be punished with the gravest and penalties.CHAPTER FAULTS AND XIX CRIMES OF LOVE If you ask a hundred of love. you will find no records of inconstancy.. you consult the gloomy volumes in which man gathers the statisticsof his crimes. tolerations and cruelties causes to stumble at every step and.

covers hiding. he is either an arrogant blockhead or a shameless liar. friendship. when I see it breaking with furious rage the iron bars of the cage in which a cruel code of laws has imprisoned it. his ideals. heroic.because love acwas absent. but he is chiefly a hypocrite. but he is winged and lives only on later he forgets his proclamations. when love is imposed as girl. Such is the eternal formula of his eternal dictions. kind. and he who can prove an alibi is at once quitted the most cruel and most stubborn of public When I love kill dignity. holiest affectionsof the heart. he sees the painful contrast between what he has himself and goes into said and what he has done.and instead of love hatred is born. too. genbut it can never be just it lives on . the see prosecutors. He is a god on vacation who condescends to play and eat with the peasants. He proclaims solemnly to the four winds that he is a son of God and that he inhabits the earth by chance and temporarily. contra- InJoyehe lies more f r^uently^r^more_brjj. love. and above all leveled by the common yoke of the other affections. born in injustice. injustice and dies of it injustice. it may be merciful.THE BOOK OF LOVE labyrinth of maniacal vertigo . I class that crime among the most inevitableeffectsof instantaneous hatred and natural revenge . if infamies a duty on a and bastards are born from the obscene nuptials of gold and vanity. born in Olympus. but free as air. strength . possess all virtues. Man is a littleof all this. it possesses only one weapon When deceived love arms itselfwith an homicidal knife. has " but one right- arrogance. that lives on bright light and as creature a :2123 .I acquit it instantly because love is not a by wild beast that can be shut up in a menagerie. he will return there soon and forever. A moment braggardism than ever that he is an animal and shows more of the soil. couid be justand hence measured on the scale as the other ^sentiments. And yet love may erous. I remark tha'tlove cannot be ordered for a fixed hour like a dinner. and that.enly that same He has supposed for a moment than in any other. love has nothing to do with it. instead of affectioncontempt springs up.j?ase_.

FAULTS burning suns. the great loves?" a I would reply without hesitation: "The sincere. commit only crime which this sentiment can Let us begin by freeing it from the leprosy which infects. devours. most For me hypocrisy is a chain that ties and chokes love in modern society. and kills and inequality between what the laws loves are capable. on AND CRIMES OF LOVE the aroma of the forest and the fragrance You have made it hydrophobic with hunger of the meadows. the fixed idea of a delenda Carthago . In the codes. it is at a weakness a dear. you have made it furious with your own violence. even where human should rise in all the solemn as there is an immense to protect the most sacred rights of grandeur of its majesty family and society. disgraces it." I will ask but the most infamous of love's lies. and I dare affirm that the only fault. the only remedy for unhappy loves. is in it a and ful. adultery is nothing is. unfaitheternally. the only anchor "Sincerity. forgive justice all. and you complain because the mad creature bites ? This is admitted to be true by universal consent . of salvation for betrayed loves?" nothing but sincerity.a traitor. I may have a Scipionian mania. it swears In my liar when other crimes besides that of lying. a thief. almost all the misfortunes of love are the offspring of untruth . love is today a liar from head to foot.for the most rigorous individuals. it pronounces the words eternal. we shall find out whether it has other misfortunes. sincerity. a liar when. the " is falsehood. and then we shall see what remains sound beneath in that dear.solely because it is a liar. and. in the paths of life. whether it can commit and when it forswears. a sympathetic weakness. nude and virginal love that Let us firstsave the life Mother Nature has conceded us. love is often a crime." C2133 . finally. are but if I should have to answer the questions: "Which "Which are the happy loves?" the true. men require and that of which human shrug their shoulders and forgive. is in it liar law life. eternity." All the faults of love are all lies. a hundred times a day. "What ' ' in turn. forgive always. and thirst. and then we shall attend to the rest. of this poor creature. opinion.

that the hasty and imprudent vow is a fruitful father of lies and most fruitful grandparent of infidelity true. and endeavors with a mighty effort to deceive herself and him. He has loved much and fleetingly. Man often uses the "eternal oaths" as weapons of seduction. honestly.but few can get a branch or a leaf of the sacred tree.THE BOOK OF LOVE At the risk of seeing many disciples and many masters of love smile skeptically. perhaps. she will love. months. even when quite sure that he loves. more reserved. lies less than we do. The less one swears. the eternal loves. and parades them at every hour as a measure he of the bottomless depths of his love. swears instantly. striving in vain to keep alive a more dying love. frankness can give all loves the Some baptism a frivolous man die withcan of honesty. that she. are Very few loves of the lower orders last years. until through habit of hypocrisy she succeeds in feigning a love that no longer exists. and during the life of love she is less unfaithful than we are. more answers modest. Now. from the firstday she loves. Venuses. more the less one forswears. is loath to inflict a cruel wound on the companion who stillloves her. others. but sometimes swears expansion of it with virile while it gives sincerely. Man^inJbisfirstdeclaration. and if a holy horror may deprive fiery accent and some amorous speech of some inebriating expressions. never trayed be- told through compassion. never Sometimes lies are himself. the sexual relations a character of tender reserve and delicate serenity. and Apollos. some of them are as transient as the ephemera. I will say at once that woman. and woman. We all anxiously climb the mountain of the ideal. frequently than we. as eternity and armed only too however. that she has not yet consulted her heart. that. it nevertheless stamps dignity which makes it blessed among women. and anybody.. as are geniuses. perjured C2143 . for which long is the life of a day. woman. and even out if his loves amorous remorse were all honest. but he has never lied. while timid.does not love yet. because nothing so boldly generates infinity does It is desire. swears an eternity of infinite affection.

cruel. and at last became transformed into a crime. Love killed by the lingering tabes of a secret betrayal. to see the blooming tree of a happy passion felled by a sudden hurricane is the rending of a heart that breaks in a day under the shock Of an atrocious blight . to be loved means have become a living part of another : the lie begins when. in two parts. without swearing eternity or infinity. No . love. then it grew into a habit. How so together. although capable of killing. companions of voluptuousness or tell an untruth. how and gall. young and robust organism. never when it is suggested to you by pity. which deception inflicts love of ownership. False and cruel is the pity that causes to simulate a us is greater than that love which no longer exists. self-esteem.FAULTS AND CRIMES OF LOVE from lie to betrayal the road is short and slippery. unless voluptuousness is reduced love two human to a plain question of hygiene. and. too. a horror to himself and to the others . The lie at firstwas merciful. even vestals of the family. and the pain is life with wormwood sublime is a love that. all the warmest and most powerful of human affections. lovers or husbands. tremendous humiliate the ground weaves aromas us. to creatures at the same time with that sentiment which pis] . lasts eternal and infiniteas long as two human hearts throb intense that it poisons all our beautiful. but these sorrows do not debase us. the soul. scrofula. No sorrow upon us . and memory wreath for him and with the most precious and balsams preserves him from putrefaction. and the body is given to one. as a Love killed by violence remains stretched on beautiful as a thunderstruck angel. self-love.instead. Love is a whole that cannot be divided without being killed. one cannot were. how beautiful is liveson faith and liberty! To a love that needs no chains and to be all of another .do not . leaving no was a a corpse slowly corroded by phthisis and trace whatever of the time when he. are pierced with a hundred stabs at the same _ time. and. is divided or the woman the man with cynical licentiousness. is a leper who dies in the fetidness of a hospital. as it love means to the other. It is hard.

it is born when it wants on the plains or on the summit of the mountains . study true love. belongs to man. I hold in much higher estimation a ' ' woman who. but in love there are perfidious: it is one thing to deceive and some some time. if you are worthy of each other. a question for the public prosecutor or foi once. oppose your powerful attraction. it apselection. because it passes with impunity through all the police lines. another to deceive a virtuous woman. can say. Read and read again all that I have written on the firstloves.THE BOOK OF LOVE for its superiority over all other affections is called love. man pears and as it wants. one to lie to a frivolous coquette. it is like the grapes from born nude and as free as the air . Woman Love is the son of the most free belongs to woman. swear dom. The compact violated in the firststeps of the life of love is a murder and prepares the career ated of a brigand tolerby civilization. their stalk. if your love offends no superior duty. in so far as the law is concerned. If you truly love. but here we must point out the stem from which they hang. that leaves in you an eternal bitterness. the mayor of your town. and consecrate it with the that love should make when it would close itself only vow in the temple of the family. free and pure. you should seek and love each other . in the C216-] ." than a bigoted betrayed her duties as a an venial tine old liber- and another to betray a faithful husband . I have matron never loved two men at the same who boasts of having never spouse because with wise and cautious lechery she knows how to sell voluptuousness without seriously compromising the property reserved for the husband. to betray her without dishonoring infamy that poisons two existences and her is an anonymous two loves. without betraying both. at most sweai swear never no human force can but the first and last oath that will unite you in wedlock. Lies are all infamous. after a long career of facile loves. Further on we shall outline the rights and duties of love. and nature and men will bless your selection. selif you possess this virtue. Men and women. To betray a virgin is. it does not ask for passports.

it does not want loves so amply polygamous. Modern society particularly recommends prudence. ten times without the or the esteem perpetrators losing either the love of women expenseand " of men. every rape: a There is. above all. to cover him with the mantle of our benevolent protection. with the thousand pitfalls of moral violence to open for her an abyss into which she will fall. modern behold publicly any nudity civilization does not wish to be believed moral. according to the circumstances it means a and. study each other.however. it wishes to if an littleand is none It matters of its concern To astute libertine spends his youth in filling families with C2173 . with surprise. CRIMES OF LOVE Love.FAULTS woman an AND rancor.a betrayal that surpasses all others. feted by our infamously hypocriticalcustoms. to seduce slowly and pitilessly the wife of another. lie to the maiden who at the dawn of never youth demands of the firstsun a ray to enlighten and warm her. but never swear. be seized by a vertigo of the senses. cherished by consuetudes. and it can be done once. every homicide. and. to become a friend to him whom we wish to betray. wives . is called aSultery. the gravity of the scandal. to embrace publicly the wife of another. other rigorous penal institution journey disgrace to one's name it means and to that of one's children. there is a perfidiousness that outclasses every assassination. seek. to acquire with the first conquest the impunity of a long series of crimes and open in the family a large spring of gall that will poison two of three generations : to do all this without these in our century are without danger. protected by the law. a crime which. avoids prison and scaffold only because it takes the simple and easy precaution not to be termed adultery. or to let oneself be seen by her husband. To introduce ourselves into the sanctuary of a happy family. to prison or to some . but so piously cautious . it does to be disturbed in its not want any scandal . twice. the consolation of unhappy termed the deeds of astute men. respectful and respected whatever . love with the wife of another. eternal lie in love that excels all lies.

to make no noise. to try to establish one's paternity is prohibited. that of mother a blasphemy families. shut and do not hear. to take good care of the keyholes and listen attentively to the footsteps of those who walk in the apartments. the born of a legitimate couple are legitimate. he must individually. The flag of matrimony covers The their customs ears crowd as Onward. very wide . why are you such an idiotic to wish to awaken them with your imprudent cries? tardize onward ! The meshes of the law are wide. Basnames and surnames. The meshes of the law are wide. himself. no foot with a sharp stone or a piece of poisoned glass ! Make the name of father ! a senselessword. awaiting the day when he can trayed abandon the bewives for a convenient marriage. It is a private affair with which husbands and wives should occupy themselves It is recommended to do things nicely. Onward. spread mendacity deception in sow all the paths of social and civil and life! Disseminate lies and scatter deceptions everywhere! See to it that there shall be no wall against which to lean. officersclose their eyes and do not see. sons onward ! For heaven's sake do not bother with your whims and your embarrassing declarationsof foreign merchandise.THE BOOK OF LOVE bastards. be more than an idiot who falls into them and cannot extricate contraall band.falsify road that can be trod without the injuring C2183 .

and oftener a forsaken woman. Love bursts forth spontaneously from the huheart. it is like asking poetry of the slave of thought.a betrayal. if in your embraces you have not rekindled of life. love for physics: to attract. greet each other as friends. ascended angel .CHAPTER RIGHTS ' ' XX DUTIES me AND OF LOVE Love me ! You must love !" This is a cry of sorrow but that often man utters.but your that tempers the ardor of the enamored tears should not be cursed by a lie. you have descended from it those who give us happy: such so C219] . an insult. or expecting to find the perfumes of the rose and that glaciate the head and the the cedar in the frigid zones feet of our planet. the tears of regret paradise with a blasphemy or a remorse for what you have lost can be the dew of a summer night corollas. and draws all its beauty and strength from the The laws of the horizon in which it moves. To demand love as a right is one of the greatest follies . to unite. however. to render infinite freedom sweetness betray me!" much its law. memory .make happy If love were to give joy to those who if. joy. and preserve in the most precious casket and among the dearest things the Never close a day of of the time that is no more. for sweetness. have always the right "You to hurl into space another cry of sorrow: must not hand the cup of Better to snatch from one's love and shatter it into a thousand pieces than stealthily to pour into it the poison of betrayal or the wormwood of man indifference. that govern it are as simple as the simplest law of elementary love. to heaven. bless the is make us only a contact of hearts and thoughts . Lovers. it generally is a vain cry. having without an the torch happy hours that your love has conceded you.

And the numberless stratagems with which the tepid. and is daily repeated by those Boeotians for whom and female. but through beauty of cannot command form. voluptuous grace of movements or the affection of virtues of the heart you have awakened affections. fault. caused the she warmed wearied to smile. polygamous..to companion to keep it burning. more capricious. more than woman. assigns to woman has nearly of being the vestal of that firewhich man always been the first to kindle. by nature. Ask the most fortunate of women if she has not often felt impelled to reconquer a love that threatened to fly away. This is perhaps the most formula that expresses the differentmissions which common man our She jealously conceals and woman have in love. at the beginning of every gospel of two lovers. if you know how to preserve it. To us to 'kindle the fire. more unfaithful. do not be so brutal as to record the embrace among the rights and duties of love. faithful. it is also very true that nature difficult the more task of keeping the conquest." forever. Voluptuousness floats on love is but the union of male should be inebriatingfoam that the quivering wave of passion and into those abysses where man falls irresistibly a be overflows and loses the consciousnes believes in it cannot the infinite. more of voluptuousness. aroused the sleeping.you will be loved On the very firstpage of every code of love. By all that you hold most sacred on earth. How many "2203 . quickness of mind. much less a tribute a exacted with the rudeness of tax collector. constantly tender and modestly virile. I would always "Not to be loved is always a great write this sentence: dred you will find this sentence written in a hundifferentforms in the pages of my book. If it is true that man attacks and conquers. Man licentious brutal. This is written in the code.THE The only right in a " BOOK OF LOVE " You that "of not being deceived has its counterpart loved. made hungry and thirsty him who had the happy misfortune of overgorging himself at the banquet is. and it is her duty to make him monogamous. duty" that of making oneself bevery simple love. of existence and feast ordered for a stated hour.

a thousand. the sin of infidelity in Adam is not the same and in Eve: in the latter it is a times greater. the latter would have the right of feeling wretchedly loved or at least cruelly loved. the courts and judges C2213 . the embrace is not a right and much less a duty : it is a of two powerful energies that seek each other through infinitespace and. who alone were in the forum of public opinion. but I have a deep horror of these discourses every question about right and duty. I see looming up the horns of Balzac's tawny moon. consent not imposed by same before the legislators the arrogance of men. When time dark appear on the horizon. punished in the same are the the accusers. No ! a Are the rights of love equal in man and woman? I say so in a loud voice and after the thousand times no! firstwhite hairs and a wide experience permit me to believe that I speak without anger or love. they are already in serious danger of being vexatious investigation should at every hour cast the shadow of doubt upon the faithfulness of one's companion. the measure. a lost. As all parties are equal. and if continuous. No . are many many jurors betrayal has already lawyers. and the sentence of amorous been pronounced by all civilizednations and always in the was This unanimous "manner. I always see at the same clouds massing.RIGHTS delicate loves were AND DUTIES OF LOVE ' extinguished by the sacrilegioushand of an the air of command arrogant desire. Who ever loses his time in discussing the beauties of the sun? Who doubts that air is necessary to live? When certain things begin to be discussed. No . I do not fear sudden anger between two lovers. which would assume and tread the ground with the iron boot of an alleged right ! No . suavely struggling against each other. die together in an ocean of sweetness. unanimous consent Sincerity and fidelity. but man ' hundred to be a right and and woman before the courts differtoo greatly If the code is one. should never be on the lips of two lovers. and the words right and duty should be debarred from the amorous vocabulary. which are after all an identical thing and constitute the entire code of love.or the querulous and tender lamentations.

her bread 12223 . natural of murderous defender of the female half of the human species and individuals to are of all the of no value society. he must himself into the inglorious and tremendous battle of epidemic. he' must be ignorant and timorous and still be loved and esteemed by all. of the shipwrecked. and it is so to us to take the faint-hearted dove to our bosom sweet can and comfort strength ! her with blunders are our courage. for the welfare of his country. of work. of the poor. he must hold his head high in the face that all men dogma is can and superficialjustice which asserts How false this equal before the law.he is branded as a coward. ambitious. he must not allow himself to be corrupted by the seductions of vanity. exact only one virtue: fidelity! fidelity. ask only one her from we Pray. everyone ignores him. on the contrary.THE this unanimous consent BOOK was OF LOVE a dictated by profound recess deep consciousness by a more of social necessities. one of the institutions on which our century seems to pride itself. Defender of the weak. that descends into the inmost roots and subtler justice of things to find the of that awkward are be sufficiently proved by the history of the jury system. of contagion. A physician. a statesman. and of all the battles of life. if she does not earn even And amusing beloved woman Of her we thing: with work. a lawyer. does not want him. he must be strong. From man society exacts a hundred differentand difficult virtues : he must give his blood for his country and the sweat of his brow for his family and for society. her if has forgive no we she profession. society despises him. he is a who warrior perpetually under arms. for in her weakness approaches grace. a soldier. gold throw or resist the temptations fight against of gold and ambition. woman Woman. and should he neglect one of his duties. can be a coward in the face of fire. he must himself. she fire. defend her with our when pronounced by the beautiful lips of a ! We forgive her if she very rarely reaches the height of genius and more rarely than we attains the average height of the great intellectual minds . against his family.

our dreams and But there is another powerful reason too love much. for dedicate all our so our labors? aggressor and has organic necessities which to woman. This virtue only we ask of her . Woman may be humble. she should be the heroine of sentiment. and which. there are imposed dangers. but she should be faithful to him who loves her.RIGHTS O most AND DUTIES OF LOVE gentle and divine companions. tyrants? we we for which the duties and woman.perhaps. For her We have conquered our planet. tremble at every leaf that quivers. We are dragged into a hundred From victory over the senses. she has only to gain us the world expects a hundred faith. we are gifted. by the special mission which his sex imposes on him. that it may not die out through neglect or be overthrown and extinguished by the hurricane. then. on what side does the scale of the balance fall? Certainly not our side. Without losing fleetingthan the lightning flash. Are we. While fighting in one fieldfor her. then? What is the too much? difficult acter struggle that shall give her also the mark of char- and make her equal to us. for the honor of our children. are and which he can satisfy with the unknown his love. for the name we are she bears. on her but one: us a thousand that of seduction. as we are the heroes of all the battles of life. once vanished. But neither beauty nor grace nor wit is sufficient for a man on to deem himself civilized. virtues. is exacting with her whom do everything. but must resist the seductions of defiant glances and the corruptions of gold and vanity. to whom we whom thoughts. subdued the lightning. invented arts. we are strong . of love are differentlydistributed between man Man. is What her duty. at every wing that vibrates in the air. if she is graceful. from her but one: Are we battles. ignorant. destroyed the beasts of prey. worthy to be our companion ? If she is beautiful. a caprice more I a pinch of ashes. She may yield to everything. leaves behind not even a sudden neither praise nor these justify sudden surprises of the C223] . she should assiduously and faithfully watch the sacred fire of fidelity. he may have rapidity of lightning. created sciences. our glories. is it. She is the vestal of our heart and blood.

Not in vain has nature made us the human female a virgin. instead. while are we the firstto seek the opportunities of sin. but they are light clouds which no sooner appear than they are dissolved in the deep azure of the skies. and has in herself so much energy as With to stop and disarm a legion of combatants. languidly and voluptuously concealed in the foam of her shell of love. caprice of the senses social and religious impediments that she must really be C2243 . and she is wholly conin the delights of letting herself be loved. but it is also one of the most of the Man attacks and assails arguments of defense. and do not become ardent desires until Woman is silent the human claws press and condense them. she is forin the defense. defend herself. She loses sumed nothing in the struggle for conquest. allows herself to be caressed. because he is a man simply and could not wait for the seductions to him without condemning to come himself to be a eunuch and without inverting the most elementary and most weakest inexorable laws of nature. also may midable she desires. but I describe them because I find them frequently in the aggressive and petulant nature Woman. and. the arrow man who darts the first of love is a warrior who with wise prudence prepares the weapons for the long battle that Man begins with "yes" and "I will". Nor would a woman commit less of a sacrilege in turning from the defensive to the offensive. Woman have caprices of the senses. BOOK OF LOVE these passing infidelities ." is in her harassed by so many physical. This is one insidious sophisrhs. and denied begins and ends with "no" The sudden and "I will not.THE senses. Very weak in the attack. the sorrowful virtue of virginity. much shrewdness she defends her weakness every day. telling us even when that seductions wage war upon her from all quarters. The woman who yields to the firstamorous pruriency is a Messalina . must of the virile sex. like the snail does in the spires of its labyrinth. Woman draws in her horns. profaning her sex and violating nature in that which it holds most sacred and immutable. Man loses a great part of energy in the tooth that bites and in the claws that firmly hold the prey. woman awaits him.

Let woman never nor spoil the often very just. every crime. are possible " but not cause." No one believes in the efficiency herself.of an immaculate and sublime love . even patricide and incest. the weakest. theft. according as a man man the caprice of an hour is a stain that tarnishes the bright faith. Nor does society measure human guilt only according to sorrow a the reckoning of the natural right. mirror of a sworn but a few moments afterward a new kiss. the right to love and to be loved. but which is immediately pregnant with aroma ardent and revives love holy prayer. C2253 . because in the human organism she is the left side. much less woman her own unless she should need this faith to justify sin. from the lips caprice may be a blasphemy that breaks forth deterged by a wave of of a saint. fends everything defrom these caprices. Let her demand the least honored and the most oppressed. because there she is let her complain aloud on the ground of truth and justice. but never ask equality of punishment for sins too disparate. In love every fault. more remorse. laws and religions offer her a thousand alliesfor defense. To woman yield she must have had a long struggle against nature and society. the more ever severe the punishment by society. another sudden infidelity. but proudly recovers a robust resumes a runner who with energetic steps the space lost his way and hundredfold.RIGHTS more AND DUTIES OF LOVE than an Amazon Everything incitesman even to overthrow them in a single dash. by speaking of seduction and violence. the pungent of intensely and makes impossible for long years. which profane herself she defends. Let her rather speak impulse of vengeance. stumbles it is the weakness of against a stone. of the law of retaliaof the irresistible tion. let her discuss the natural right. but the more it offends human crime generates and the more needs. to a swift assault which perhaps does bruise the epidermis of his heart. perhaps more The amorous perhaps forever. of overbearingness. and not once in a hundred times she can say without touching the frontiers not of prostitution: "I had a caprice. Have inflicted you thought of the various consequences of a caprice of is guilty? For or a woman infidelity.

in man woman a hurricane that fells a whole a misdemeanor. inundating everyoverflow into a vast field. in a gangrene . in man a wound stain. woman a monument of infamy that time will never "2263 . poison the wave of milk and honey of an a generation of fraternal hatreds. in woman the caries of a bone. in efface. in woman a leaf that falls. of entire family. in man the remorse of an hour. In man such a caprice is a with wormwood by a pin.THE The amorous BOOK OF LOVE caprice of a woman may in a single instant procreate a bastard. in man forest . thing and gall. sow infinitesorrows. in woman a felony.

CHAPTER THE COVENANTS XXI OF LOVE voluptuousness given and returned. the sale and purchase of voluptuousness cannot found a fameven a tribe. even silent or hour an sworn. but to possess each other a long time. Woman. it means self responsible to nature for the weakness of one creature for the future of the being and the violence of another. a deep modification of the manner single instant have created a love is fecundation as In man. a of existence for a man and a woman. or a Prostitution also is a compact minute. but is. may in family. the interweaving and untying of instantaneous knots. is for nine months weaker and more who is in travail is a wounded vulnerable . with a sea of blood . and the loosest libertine and the wildest savage feel other needs than that of fecundating a And to female: they feel the necessity of loving a woman. even terest where morality is only indefended by strength and sacrifice is a folly. above all. the interweaving of two existences. have procreated together and brought into the we whom world. well. fecundated. but a compact between two creatures who. the woman when C-227] . perhaps a nation. after having given themselves only a Love is not to each other. a combination of new relations. where they phantoms bury the old mother alive. that may In any last case.to defend. ily. the woman can neither flee nor defend who nurses creature . to protect each other . Even in the lowest races. to unite the members love does not mean of two bodies in a single knot. where of religious sentiment scarcely exist.a people. but is always a compact. and to to hold onedesire. or celebrate victories and vintage there love is bound by a compact.

because the strong have more men than one and the very strong have many. that even custom where morality and religion do not lend their valid support. prostitution. wretchedly constituted. even then. while it has various forms that belong to the world of pathology. and it exists to prove with most "228] . and the man-child is for a long time defenseless and The man. where the things lie which we wish to efface. monogamy falls. It is the sale of voluptuousness. who has loved a companion very weak. namely. con- have already studied prostitution. rape. the possession of bodies without love. only too a new creature to be generated through a often cruel. Prostitution is a safety-valve only too necessary in our immoral and hypocritical society. the lower or concealed. who are added to his possessions and he protects with the same tion devoand affectionwith which he protects and defends the first have but one can woman who was his. and. for one day becomes for a long time her friend and protector without ceasing to be her lover. causes We purchased embrace. While the savage female leans affectionately and he often confidingly on the male who has made her fruitful. acknowledged We. cubinage. to to a more or less slips and give place polygamy races. A polygamy limited to a few females is the most common form of human society in and our organism is so imbued with this in the highest forms of civilization. or he must often do without her. will of the social vaults. The very weak man female. and if nature. must occupy ourselves ordy with our own society. finds himself to be a man when his companion cannot be a woman. that creature will enter the world with the mark of infamy on its brow. however. which is found in many of the lower nations. where the compact of love has but one moral form : matrimony . and he then fecundates other females. whom who often dwell merrily under one roof without being in the least jealous of one another.forget and allow to die. anonymous child of be by into the most obscure corner cast society vice.THE BOOK OF LOVE herself. the swindling and deceiving of nature. This is the simplest form of the nuptial compact.

supported only by the word of honor of love each other. Born : mustiness of between the and the nightcaps. it would be a true and proper marriage. When one or of ity. one for all these reasons. violate the faith of the family and bastardize the world . it has a tinge of prostitution and rape. It is an upstart who can dress well. concubinage has an obscure and even ful shamedomestic has become it is lechery a habit . is a form of matrimony which lacks only religious and despicable for its origin than civil consecration. sealed by the faith of two lovers. Only too often. who begs pardon of the public and is ashamed of himself and weeps when caught in the act . lowers the level of the spouse and elevates that of the chambermaid. abdicates the supreme primacy the nude husband and father. when. vile contract of the thief with the procurer. that very many cruel eloquence that many men should not love. refrains from assuming all moral responsibilor ignorance skepticism. in the shadow of a social and holy compact. plebeian and shameful. We have also dealt with rape in the house of others. imperfect societies. but smells of the stable. through sluggishness. it is something low. but knows neither the inebriation Turkish babooshes the pungent remorse of the other. a right which not even C229IJ . Even this greatest of the crimes of love we have been compelled to discuss : secret agreement two traitors. that does not admit of the one nor in the leg or of public confession. of who.and even among us. who assassinate in the dark and conceal the victim in the wide folds or the deep fissuresof our written codes. It is more for the^ nature of the compact that binds it. however. origin : which two Concubinage in many creatures who it is a vulgar custom that has a periodical type the kitchen or stench of the hospital. and hides like a wound a false tooth . It is a vulgar pickpocket. because if it lasted eternally. who is merely tolerated. it debases love to pygmy proportions. often even ridiculous creature.THE COVENANTS men OF cannot LOVE love. a despicable. between the afterdinner yawns and the advices of the hygienist.

in the open country. nor Neither do I believe in sudden and irresistible in the future happiness of a married couple who. in two creatures that they have chosen each other freely and that they love each other without any bond of interest. and it has sufficient power to free and wise long as we deny a conjugal preserve that happiness amidst the greatest domestic storms. one becomes of brigand allowed at large. should flagellate of love. denying it all assent. And than the laws. as her the same possesses. and showing to them at every hour. more voluptuous The man aromas tic of true love from the daily slop of domeshigh race. matrimony is love and should be nothing except love. wish to erect a temple to Love. can be the avengers these amphibia of these social degradations. we never right of selection as man The common ness consciouswill be able to elevate matrimony.pillory this bastard compact of . A hundred times better. for lack of proof. any pressure of authority. selections. in modern society a liberty is granted sort of convict freed on parole. concubinage. of prejudice.for the as for the man as much woman . deny the young As long as we woman education so that she may choose well . to whom on condition that he will regularly report to the police. how different are the women too. who. denying them caresses and esteem. civilized his consecrate a the typical selection. of ambition. laws. is the on which the most splendid temples of sacred corner-stone happiness are erected. love is delicate.proscannot titution Public I its degradations infirmities and vile with sort opinion. without the nest. it should be the selection of man.and wants straw to weave nourished and protected from the winds and the frosts. a very free selection.conof ridicule and opprobrium cubinage. of a who aspires to be called should be monogamous. But love is nude to be and wants to be clothed. a cannibal will relinquish. be sentenced to prison. with cruel art. No . consent and toleration. who. loves. books should scourge and place in the. Matrimony should be a free.THE BOOK OF LOVE . amid the frosts of misery. love C2303 . and cannot love with any other compact than matrimony.

was be condemned if she was forced to sign the compact and a victim and a slave instead of as a woman must lover. while it invigorates many true loves. Teach your child modesty and personal dignity. All this should be known by our young girls. perhaps. selection should be free. she can stilllove and be loved. Without leaving the domestic nest. but" I. our authority should go no further than temporizing. it is the only touchstone by which the true natural rights of mutual has the right to cast the first one stone fidelity are tried. too. more than once repeated to herself: "I will not sin. could sin with impunity. stirs up in many frivolous and touchy natures the desire for spite and revenge. But in any case. All these reforms which elevate matrimony will be C2313 . perhaps she also divines that. When the entirely saturated with adultery and hypocrisy. perhaps they remember temptation and they try by every art to1 avoid it. we should never impose anything lovers except patience. Perpetual diffidence false alarms. is much more The free selection of woman important in our society. instead of rouses many strengthening the forces that should defend virtue. because she is not ignorant of the fact 'that in marriage she will find an immense liberty. and you will to see guard that with such sentiments the fortress you wish will very rarely capitulate. and this in itself is on to sufficient cause transient desires to vanish. even chaste and ingenuous maiden is dimly prescient of certain things which she dares not acknowledge to herself. even though she should not love the official a society is spouse. ignorant." Free selectionis the best guarantee of faith . less hypocritical. she has. more should be more false. and always. No at the adulteress no wife can like a dragged to the altar. less sincere. she may perhaps know with what infamy a family may become sullied . and to prepare for it the education of our daughters frank.THE COVENANTS OF LOVE is fruitful. if she.and should have bread and wine to keep alive the little angels that will bloom in its garden. Diffidence gives one a pessimistic idea of the virtues of always in arms how weakly they resisted mothers.

THE END society C232] . through greater respect for the liberty of woman.THE BOOK OF LOVE but slowly secured through the progress of education and customs. through morality strengthened by science arid not by fear. who must be raised from the low level where modern has stillleft her.

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