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CONTENTS
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

phases of woman's sexual life. When we were in Italy the great 

centers of the country were simply overrun with girls studying 

art, most of whom had very little talent, but who had mistaken 

the restlessness due to the first awakening of the sexual 

instinct for the divine flame of genius. In our case it did not 

matter, as we were not dependent upon our own exertions. But it 

must have been terribly hard for girls who had burned their boats 

and chosen art as a career, to have added to the repression of 

their natural desires the bitterness of knowing that in their 

chosen walk of life they were failures. The results as far as 

work goes might not be so bad if the passions, as in men, were 

occasionally gratified. It is the constant drudgery combined with 

the disappointment and finding that art alone does not satisfy 

which is so paralyzing. Besides, sexual gratification is always 

followed by exaltation of the mental faculties, with, in my 

experience, no depressing reaction such as follows pleasure 

excited by mental causes alone. 

 

"At one time when living at the villa I met a man about 45, who 

took rather a fancy to me. I mention this because it woke me up; 

no emotion was excited, but I realized for the first time (I must 

have been nearly 20) that I was no longer a child, and that a 

man could think of me in connection with love. It was only after 

this, and not immediately after, either, that men's society began 

to have an interest for me, and that I began to think a man's 

love would be a pleasant thing to possess, after all. 

 

"The sexual instinct, at any rate as regards consciousness, thus 

developed slowly and in what I believe to be a very usual 

sequence: religion, admiration for an older woman, and art. I am 

not sure that I have made quite enough of the first, yet I do not 

know that there is any more to say. There were very strong 

physical feelings connected with all these which were identical 

with those now connected with passion, but they were completely 

satisfied by the mental idea which excited them. 

 

"The first time I can remember feeling keen physical pleasure was 

when I was between 7 and 8 years old. I can't recollect the 

cause, but I remember lying quite still in my little cot clasping 

the iron rails at the top. It may be said that this is hardly 

slow development, but I mean slow as regards (1) any connection 

of the idea with a man or (2) any physical means of excitation. 

 

"I have laid stress on my desire for knowledge, as I think my 

sexual feelings were affected by it. A great part of my feeling 

for my mother was due to the stores of information she appeared 

to possess. The omniscience of God was to me his most striking 

attribute. My French teacher's capacity was her chief attraction. 

When, as a girl, I thought of marriage, I desired a man who 

'could explain things to me.' One learns later to live one's 

mental and sexual life separately to a great extent. But at 20 I 

could not have done so; given the opportunity, I should have made 

the mistake of Dorothea in _Middlemarch_. 

 

"I have spoken of the depressing after-effects of pleasure 

brought about by a purely mental cause, but I do not think this 

is the case in childhood and early youth. (Perhaps some women 

feel no such depression afterward, and this may account for their 

coldness in regard to men.) This may perhaps be accounted for by 

the fact that it occurs much more rarely, and also it is perhaps 

a natural process before the sexual organs fully develop, and so 

not harmful. 

 

"I always find it difficult in expressing the different degrees 

of physical excitement even to myself, though I know exactly what 

I felt. As a child, from the time of the early experience already 


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