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the attachment and its physical expression seemed quite natural,
poetic, and beautiful, though at times his religious principles
condemned his conduct. He now thinks that the experience is by no
means to be regretted either by the girl or himself. It was a
wholesome youthful passion, as innocent as the mating of birds,
and the insight which it gave to both of the hidden emotions of
human nature was morally advantageous in after-life.
T. believes that his amative precocity was due to the early
awakening of sex feeling by the servant-girl. But he also
believes that the love passion would have asserted itself early
in any case, since he inherits a warm temperament, had erectile
power long before puberty, and has considerable seminal capacity.
Having closely watched the effects of suppressed normal emotions
and desires in youth at the time of pubescence, he maintains that
such suppression is disastrous, causing unhealthy thoughts and
leading to the formation of a habit of masturbation which may
persist throughout life. He believes that temporary sexual
intimacies between boys and girls under 20 from the period of
puberty would be far less harmful than separation of the sexes
until marriage, with its resultants: masturbation, hysteria,
repressed and disordered functions in young women, seduction,
prostitution, venereal affections, and many other evils.
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