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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

closest observation, even under the magnifying glass. At first it 

is the male which seeks to couple and he pursues the female over 

her web till she consents. The pursuit may last some hours, the 

male agitating his abdomen in a peculiar way, while the female 

simply retreats a short distance without allowing herself to be 

approached. At last the female holds herself completely 

motionless, and then the male approaches, seizes her, places her 

on her side, sometimes carrying her to a more suitable part of 

the web. Then one of his copulative apparatus is applied to the 

female genital opening, and copulation begins. When completed (on 

an average in about two hours) the male withdraws his copulatory 

palpus and turns over the female, who is still inert, on to her 

other side, then brings his second copulatory apparatus to the 

female opening and starts afresh. When the process is definitely 

completed the male leaves the female, suddenly retiring to a 

little distance. The female, who had remained completely 

motionless for four hours, suddenly runs after the male. But she 

only pursues him for a short distance, and the two spiders remain 

together without any danger to either. Lecaillon disbelieves the 

statement of Romanes (in his _Animal Intelligence_) that the 

female eats the male after copulation. But this certainly seems 

to occur sometimes among insects, as illustrated by the following 

instance described by so careful an observer of insects as Fabre. 

 

The _Mantis religiosa_ is described by Fabre as contemplating the 

female for a long time in an attitude of ecstasy. She remains 

still and seems indifferent. He is small and she is large. At 

last he approaches; spreads his wings, which tremble 

convulsively; leaps on her back, and fixes himself there. The 

preludes are long and the coupling itself sometimes occupies five 

or six hours. Then they separate. But the same day or the 

following day she seizes him and eats him up in small mouthfuls. 

She will permit a whole series of males to have intercourse with 

her, always eating them up directly afterward. Fabre has even 

seen her eating the male while still on her back, his head and 

neck gone, but his body still firmly attached. (J.H. Fabre, 

_Souvenirs Entomologiques_, fifth series, p. 307.) Fabre also 

describes in great detail (ibid., ninth series, chs. xxi-xxii) 

the sexual parades of the Languedoc scorpion (_Scorpio 

occitanus_), an arachnid. These parades are in public; for their 

subsequent intercourse the couple seek complete seclusion, and 

the female finally eats the male. 

 

An insect (a species of _Empis_) has been described which excites 

the female by manipulating a large balloon. "This is of 

elliptical shape, about seven millimeters long (nearly twice as 

long as the fly), hollow, and composed entirely of a single layer 

of minute bubbles, nearly uniform in size, arranged in regular 

circles concentric with the axis of the structure. The 

beautiful, glistening whiteness of the object when the sun shines 

upon it makes it very conspicuous. The bubbles were slightly 

viscid, and in nearly every case there was a small fly pressed 

into the front end of the balloon, apparently as food for the 

_Empis_. In all cases they were dead. The balloon appears to be 

made while the insect is flying in the air. Those flying highest 

had the smallest balloons. The bubbles are probably produced by 

some modification of the anal organs. It is possible that the 

captured fly serves as a nucleus to begin the balloon on. One 

case of a captured fly but no balloon was observed. After 

commencing, it is probable that the rest of the structure is made 

by revolving the completed part between the hind legs and adding 


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