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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

her a position superior to her own, and look upon her as a sister. In 

the morning the elder wife should forcibly make the younger one decorate 

herself in the presence of their husband, and should not mind all the 

husband's favour being given to her. If the younger wife does anything 

to displease her husband the elder one should not neglect her, but 

should always be ready to give her most careful advice, and should teach 

her to do various things in the presence of her husband. Her children 

she should treat as her own, her attendants she should look upon with 

more regard, even than on her own servants, her friends she should 

cherish with love and kindness, and her relations with great honour. 

 

When there are many other wives besides herself, the elder wife should 

associate with the one who is immediately next to her in rank and age, 

and should instigate the wife who has recently enjoyed her husband's 

favour to quarrel with the present favourite. After this she should 

sympathize with the former, and having collected all the other wives 

together, should get them to denounce the favourite as a scheming and 

wicked woman, without however committing herself in any way. If the 

favourite wife happens to quarrel with the husband, then the elder wife 

should take her part and give her false encouragement, and thus cause 

the quarrel to be increased. If there be only a little quarrel between 

the two, the elder wife should do all she can to work it up into a large 

quarrel. But if after all this she finds the husband still continues to 

love his favourite wife she should then change her tactics, and 

endeavour to bring about a conciliation between them, so as to avoid her 

husband's displeasure. 

 

Thus ends the conduct of the elder wife. 

 

The younger wife should regard the elder wife of her husband as her 

mother, and should not give anything away, even to her own relations, 

without her knowledge. She should tell her everything about herself, and 

not approach her husband without her permission. Whatever is told to her 

by the elder wife she should not reveal to others, and she should take 

care of the children of the senior even more than of her own. When alone 

with her husband she should serve him well, but should not tell him of 

the pain she suffers from the existence of a rival wife. She may also 

obtain secretly from her husband some marks of his particular regard for 

her, and may tell him that she lives only for him, and for the regard 


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