*6 Affectional Alchemy.
borne a child to a white father ever to give birth to one perfectly
negro, — even though its father, like herself, has never a drop of
other blood in him, — for the reason that the blood of the white
man, through his child, has mingled in the mother's veins. More
than that, her blood under the microscope will not show the same
crystalline forms after the birth of the mixed child as it did before.
Just so is it impossible for us not to be made better or worse by lip
Harlots invariably descend unless snatched from ruin by a miracle.
It is because of the many forms of hell struggling in their veins,
combating in their nerves ; and as heaven or its opposite attends the
kiss so also is it with every other sort of human contact — even the
ordinary shaking of the hands. Gloves, therefore, have new uses.
I awoke from my slumber a wiser, and. I trust, a better man. I
went out and found my soul-harried and victimized friend. I
reasoned with him just as I had with my own soul a while before.
I told him it was clear as sunlight that the absent woman really
cared not a straw for him, but only for what current funds she could
extract from him ; and that, although to lose her was a bitter draught
of gall, yet he had better swallow it, for that he was only loving his
own sphere wherewith he had embalmed her. I asked what right
had he to hold a woman in duress convert or non-couvert, whose
soul was not attached by love to his ; whose compliance, duty only,
not affectional. It was clear he ought to give her up at once even if
the effort snapped his heart-strings, because the marking of her
child was a doubtful question. Why should he pursue a heartless
phantom? They were disunited in soul. Behold the folly of
continuance ! Let her eo !
III. As previously remarked herein, writers upon the general
topics of love and its offices, uses, abuses, nature, moods, and modes,
have, in the main, been content with the merely superficial or ex¬
ternal view thereof, and have, as a general thing, utterly ignored
most, if not all, of the other and deeper significances attached there¬
unto ; and not one of them has even attempted to tell mankind any
more of the principles underlying sex, Love, and their copula
passion, or desire, than any one's personal experience suggests • but