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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

in outsiders--relatives or friends; they are apt to make the tangle 

more tangled, and, what is more, they are quite likely to put the 

blame on the innocent party, and bestow upon the guilty party the 

Montyon prize for virtue and gentleness. 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER FIFTY 

 

WHAT IS LOVE? 

 

Is Love Definable?--Raising a Corner of the Veil--Two Opinions of 

Love--The First Opinion: Sexual Intercourse and Love--The Second 

Opinion--The Grain of Truth in Each--The Truth Concerning 

Love--Foundation of Love--Sexual Attraction and Love--The Frigid 

Woman and Her Husband--Puzzling Cases of Love--The 

Paradox--Blindness of Love and the Penetrating Vision of 

Love--Limits of Homeliness--Physical Aversion and Genesis of 

Love--Mating in the Animal Kingdom--Mating in Low Races--Love in 

People of High Culture--Difference in Love of Savage and Man of 

Culture--Distinctions Between Loves--Varieties of Love and 

Varieties of Men--"Love" Without Sexual Desire--Refraining and 

Wanting--Cause of Love at First Sight--"Magnetic Forces" and Love 

at First Sight--The Pathological Side--Differentiation of Phases 

of Love--Infatuation--Difference Between "Infatuation" and "Being 

in Love"--Sexual Satisfaction and Infatuation--Sexual 

Satisfaction and Love--Infatuation Mistaken for Love--Love the 

Most Mysterious of Human Emotions--Great Love and Supreme 

Happiness. 

 

 

I shall not attempt to give a definition, either brief or extensive, 

of Love. Many have tried and failed, and I shall not attempt the 

impossible. Nor shall I attempt to discuss Love in all its innumerable 

details.[9] To do so would alone require a book many times more 

voluminous than the one you have before you. I shall, however, 

endeavor to raise a corner of the veil which surrounds this most 

mysterious, most baffling and most complex of all human emotions, so 

that you may get a glimpse into its intricate mechanism and perhaps 

understand what Love is in its essence at least. 

 

=Sexual and Platonic Love.= There are two widely different, in fact 

diametrically opposite, opinions as to what constitutes Love. One 

opinion is that Love is sexual love, sexual attraction, sexual desire. 

To people holding this opinion love and sexual desire or "lust" are 

synonymous. And they laugh and sneer at any attempt to idealize love, 

to present it as something finer and subtler, let alone nobler, than 

mere sex attraction. The writer has heard one cynical woman--and more 

than one man--say: Love? There is no such a thing. Sexual intercourse 

is love, and that's all there is to it. 

 

The other opinion is that Love, true love, ideal love, or, as it is 

sometimes called, sentimental love, or platonic love, has nothing to 

do with sexual desire, with sexual attraction. Indeed, people holding 


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