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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

has so profoundly realized the worth of his fellow men that he is ready 

even to die in order to save them, feels that he has discovered a great 

secret. Cyples traces the "secret delights" that have thus risen in the 

hearts of holy men to the same source as the feelings generated between 

lovers, friends, parents, and children. "A few have at intervals walked in 

the world," he remarks, "who have, each in his own original way, found out 

this marvel.... Straightway man in general has become to them so sweet a 

thing that the infatuation has seemed to the rest of their fellows to be a 

celestial madness. Beggars' rags to their unhesitating lips grew fit for 

kissing, because humanity had touched the garb; there were no longer any 

menial acts, but only welcome services.... Remember by how much man is the 

subtlest circumstance in the world; at how many points he can attach 

relationships; how manifold and perennial he is in his results. All other 

things are dull, meager, tame beside him."[69] 

 

It may be added that even if we still believe that lover and artist and 

saint are drawing the main elements of their conceptions from the depths 

of their own consciousness, there is a sense in which they are coming 

nearer to the truth of things than those for whom their conceptions are 

mere illusions. The aptitude for realizing beauty has involved an 

adjustment of the nerves and the associated brain centers through 

countless ages that began before man was. When the vision of supreme 

beauty is slowly or suddenly realized by anyone, with a reverberation that 

extends throughout his organism, he has attained to something which for 

his species, and for far more than his species, is truth, and can only be 

illusion to one who has artificially placed himself outside the stream of 

life. 

 

In an essay on "The Gods as Apparitions of the Race-Life," Edward 

Carpenter, though in somewhat Platonic phraseology, thus well 

states the matter: "The youth sees the girl; it may be a chance 

face, a chance outline, amid the most banal surroundings. But it 

gives the cue. There is a memory, a confused reminiscence. The 

mortal figure without penetrates to the immortal figure within, 

and there rises into consciousness a shining form, glorious, not 

belonging to this world, but vibrating with the agelong life of 

humanity, and the memory of a thousand love-dreams. The waking of 

this vision intoxicates the man; it glows and burns within him; a 

goddess (it may be Venus herself) stands in the sacred place of 

his temple; a sense of awe-struck splendor fills him, and the 

world is changed." "He sees something" (the same writer continues 

in a subsequent essay, "Beauty and Duty") "which, in a sense, is 

more real than the figures in the street, for he sees something 

that has lived and moved for hundreds of years in the heart of 

the race; something which has been one of the great formative 

influences of his own life, and which has done as much to create 

those very figures in the street as qualities in the circulation 

of the blood may do to form a finger or other limb. He comes into 

touch with a very real Presence or Power--one of those organic 


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