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Table of contents
Introduction
The Feminine Mind-1
The War Between the Sexes-2.1
The War Between the Sexes-2.2
The War Between the Sexes-2.3
Marriage-3.1
Marriage-3.2
Marriage-3.3
Marriage-3.4
Woman Suffrage-4.1
Woman Suffrage-4.2
Woman Suffrage-4.3
Woman Suffrage-4.4
The New Age-5.1
The New Age-5.2
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. INTRODUCTION
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-1-2
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-1-2
OF SEXUAL UNION-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-6-7-8
OF SEXUAL UNION-10-11
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-3-4-5
ABOUT A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-3-4
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-5-6
ABOUT COURTESANS-1-2
ABOUT COURTESANS-3-4
ABOUT COURTESANS-5-6
ABOUT THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO YOURSELF-1-2
CONCLUDING REMARKS

PART IV. 

 

ABOUT A WIFE. 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER I. 

 

ON THE MANNER OF LIVING OF A VIRTUOUS WOMAN, AND OF HER BEHAVIOUR DURING 

THE ABSENCE OF HER HUSBAND. 

 

 

A virtuous woman, who has affection for her husband, should act in 

conformity with his wishes as if he were a divine being, and with his 

consent should take upon herself the whole care of his family. She 

should keep the whole house well cleaned, and arrange flowers of various 

kinds in different parts of it, and make the floor smooth and polished 

so as to give the whole a neat and becoming appearance. She should 

surround the house with a garden, and place ready in it all the 

materials required for the morning, noon and even sacrifices. Moreover 

she should herself revere the sanctuary of the Household Gods, for says 

Gonardiya, "nothing so much attracts the heart of a householder to his 

wife as a careful observance of the things mentioned above." 

 

Towards the parents, relations, friends, sisters, and servants of her 

husband she should behave as they deserve. In the garden she should 

plant beds of green vegetables, bunches of the sugar cane, and clumps of 

the fig tree, the mustard plant, the parsley plant, the fennel plant, 

and the xanthochymus pictorius. Clusters of various flowers, such as the 

trapa bispinosa, the jasmine, the gasminum grandiflorum, the yellow 

amaranth, the wild jasmine, the tabernamontana coronaria, the 

nadyaworta, the china rose and others, should likewise be planted, 

together with the fragrant grass andropogon schaenanthus, and the 

fragrant root of the plant andropogon miricatus. She should also have 

seats and arbours made in the garden, in the middle of which a well, 

tank, or pool should be dug. 

 

The wife should always avoid the company of female beggars, female 

buddish mendicants, unchaste and roguish women, female fortune tellers 

and witches. As regards meals she should always consider what her 

husband likes and dislikes, and what things are good for him, and what 

are injurious to him. When she hears the sounds of his footsteps coming 

home she should at once get up, and be ready to do whatever he may 

command her, and either order her female servant to wash his feet, or 

wash them herself. When going anywhere with her husband, she should put 

on her ornaments, and without his consent she should not either give or 

accept invitations, or attend marriages and sacrifices, or sit in the 

company of female friends, or visit the temples of the Gods. And if she 


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