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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

when some four inches from her he stood still, and then began the 

most remarkable performances that an amorous male could offer to 

an admiring female. She eyed him eagerly, changing her position 

from time to time so that he might be always in view. He, raising 

his whole body on one side by straightening out the legs, and 

lowering it on the other by folding the first two pairs of legs 

up and under, leaned so far over as to be in danger of losing his 

balance, which he only maintained by sliding rapidly toward the 

lowered side. The palpus, too, on this side was turned back to 

correspond to the direction of the legs nearest it. He moved in a 

semicircle for about two inches, and then instantly reversed the 

position of the legs and circled in the opposite direction, 

gradually approaching nearer and nearer to the female. Now she 

dashes toward him, while he, raising his first pair of legs, 

extends them upward and forward as if to hold her off, but withal 

slowly retreats. Again and again he circles from side to side, 

she gazing toward him in a softer mood, evidently admiring the 

grace of his antics. This is repeated until we have counted one 

hundred and eleven circles made by the ardent little male. Now he 

approaches nearer and nearer, and when almost within reach whirls 

madly around and around her, she joining and whirling with him in 

a giddy maze. Again he falls back and resumes his semicircular 

motions, with his body tilted over; she, all excitement, lowers 

her head and raises her body so that it is almost vertical; both 

draw nearer; she moves slowly under him, he crawling over her 

head, and the mating is accomplished." 

 

The same author thus describes the courtship of _Dendryphantes 

elegans_: "While from three to five inches distant from her, he 

begins to wave his plumy first legs in a way that reminds one of 

a windmill. She eyes him fiercely, and he keeps at a proper 

distance for a long time. If he comes close she dashes at him, 

and he quickly retreats. Sometimes he becomes bolder, and when 

within an inch, pauses, with the first legs outstretched before 

him, not raised as is common in other species; the palpi also are 

held stiffly out in front with the points together. Again she 

drives him off, and so the play continues. Now the male grows 

excited as he approaches her, and while still several inches 

away, whirls completely around and around; pausing, he runs 

closer and begins to make his abdomen quiver as he stands on 

tiptoe in front of her. Prancing from side to side, he grows 

bolder and bolder, while she seems less fierce, and yielding to 

the excitement, lifts up her magnificently iridescent abdomen, 

holding it at one time vertical, and at another sideways to him. 

She no longer rushes at him, but retreats a little as he 

approaches. At last he comes close to her, lying flat, with his 

first legs stretched out and quivering. With the tips of his 

front legs he gently pats her; this seems to arouse the old demon 

of resistance, and she drives him back. Again and again he pats 

her with a caressing movement, gradually creeping nearer and 

nearer, which she now permits without resistance, until he crawls 

over her head to her abdomen, far enough to reach the epigynum 

with his palpus." (G.W. Peckham, "Sexual Selection of Spiders," 

_Occasional Papers of the Natural History Society of Wisconsin_, 

1889, quoted in _Nature_, August 21, 1890.) 

 

The courtship of another spider, the _Agelena labyrinthica_, has 

been studied by Lecaillon ("Les Instincts et les Psychismes des 

Araignees," _Revue Scientifique_, Sept. 15, 1906.) The male 

enters the female's web and may be found there about the middle 


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