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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
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CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

etc., to the same effect. Thus the man talked. And he was sincere in 

his talk--or he thought he was. But one night on unexpectedly 

returning home he found another man; he promptly fired several shots 

at the man, which fortunately for both did not prove fatal, and then 

he beat and choked his wife--who wasn't even his wife legally--within 

an inch of her life. _And then he married her_ and gave up his free 

love talk. And I know of any number of men who could philosophize for 

hours about the disgrace and humiliation of being jealous, but who, as 

soon as there was a justifiable cause for jealousy, became as 

unreasonable as a child and as jealous as any unlettered Sicilian 

woman ever was. 

 

So you see, I am not deluding myself with extravagant hopes. But, 

nevertheless, this argumentation, this talk, is not entirely useless. 

A beginning must be made. This essay may not perhaps help--except for 

the suggestions that will be made towards the end--those who are 

already victims of the demon of jealousy, but it may help some people 

to keep out of his clutches (or should I say: her clutches? I really 

don't know whether the demon of jealousy is a male or a female.) 

 

Feelings are stronger than reason; but that does not mean that 

feelings cannot be influenced by reason; they decidedly can be and are 

so influenced, and their _manifestations_ are modified by this 

influence; and the more cultured, the more educated a person is (I 

trust you will know that I use these terms in their true and not their 

vulgar, misused meaning), the more will his feelings, or at least 

actions, be influenced by his reason. I am particularly a believer in 

the effect on our feelings and actions of public opinion, of ideas 

universally or generally entertained. 

 

Let me give one example which is pertinent to the subject. In former 

days it was universally held, and in many places it is still held, 

that when a wife sinned she committed the most unpardonable crime that 

a human being could be guilty of and that she thereby _dishonored_ her 

husband. And the only right thing for him to do was to shoot the rival 

and cast out the wife; or at least to cast her out. This was a 

_conditio sine qua non_. To take her back to his home was a disgrace, 

a sign of unpardonable weakness, of degeneracy. Our ideas on the 

subject have changed a bit. A husband is no longer considered any more 

dishonored--in some strata of society at least--because his wife 

sinned than a wife is considered dishonored because her husband 

sinned; and adultery in the wife is now, by most rational people, 

considered only different in degree, but not in kind, from adultery in 

the husband. These humane ideas have gained vogue only within a 

comparatively very recent period; but their effect has already 


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