Wc have societies for the protection of beasts; and need a larger
one for the protection of human beings in certain vital respects. It
ought to be just ground for instant divorce wherever and whenever a
human male forces unwelcome embraces upon any female, what¬
ever. The beasts of the field don't do so. Why should men?
More than that; it ought to be a criminal offence in the eye of the
law; and as such, punishable, for any human male, under any
cirumstanccs, whatever, to force the inclinations of any woman,
whatever, or to exact or seek wifely offices or concessions, except
when she wills and ordains that such may be. Make this a law,
and wc shall have less work for sextons in digging graves for "Mrs.
so and so," at anv age between sixteen and thirty-five. The com¬
mon sense of mankind knows full well that he is no man, but only a
satyr, who demands what cannot be granted, save with a shudder
of unutterable horror and disgust; pangs past endurance, or at the
risk of health and life.
The action of the muscles is as clear an expression of a passion,
and the mental states behind it, as are the tones which utter it;
for " Actions speak louder than words" is not only a truism, but an
absolute and unqualified truth itself. Wherefore if you mean love,
look love from top to toe, and all over!
LI. You never saw a sick man, really, desperately sick, whoever
denied the existence of a God. It requires a fine stomach, keen
appetite, and excellent digestion to make a first-class sceptic. Why?
Because conditions of body effect changes in the soul's feelings ; and
the play between the outer and the inner being is mutual, for the
soul affects the body for good or ill quite as much as the body affects
the invisible soul. Married people arc either not aware of this
double-acting law of the homos, or else wilfully ignore its heavy
meanings. Thev live a cat-and-dog life, because neither reasons
that some physical disturbance unhinges the soul, or that some
metaphysical derangement unfits the body to express what the soul
itself mav be completely full of. Thus, a woman suffering cata-
menial pains, or some other ill, is apt to be rather Xovemberish
externally, even while July really reigns deep down in her sweet, but
ruffled, soul; and a man. worried to death with worldly cares, is