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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 V. 

 

ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN. 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER I. 

 

OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF MEN AND WOMEN.--THE REASONS WHY WOMEN REJECT 

THE ADDRESSES OF MEN.--ABOUT MEN WHO HAVE SUCCESS WITH WOMEN, AND ABOUT 

WOMEN WHO ARE EASILY GAINED OVER. 

 

 

The wives of other people may be resorted to on the occasions already 

described in Part I., Chapter 5, of this work, but the possibility of 

their acquisition, their fitness for cohabitation, the danger to oneself 

in uniting with them, and the future effect of these unions, should 

first of all be examined. A man may resort to the wife of another, for 

the purpose of saving his own life, when he perceives that his love for 

her proceeds from one degree of intensity to another. These degrees are 

ten in number, and are distinguished by the following marks: 

 

1. Love of the eye. 

 

2. Attachment of the mind. 

 

3. Constant reflection. 

 

4. Destruction of sleep. 

 

5. Emaciation of the body. 

 

6. Turning away from objects of enjoyment. 

 

7. Removal of shame. 

 

8. Madness. 

 

9. Fainting. 

 

10. Death. 

 

Ancient authors say that a man should know the disposition, 

truthfulness, purity, and will of a young woman, as also the intensity, 

or weakness of her passions, from the form of her body, and from her 

characteristic marks and signs. But Vatsyayana is of opinion that the 

forms of bodies, and the characteristic marks or signs are but erring 

tests of character, and that women should be judged by their conduct, by 

the outward expression of their thoughts, and by the movements of their 

bodies. 

 

Now as a general rule Gonikaputra says that a woman falls in love with 

every handsome man she sees, and so does every man at the sight of a 

beautiful woman, but frequently they do not take any further steps, 

owing to various considerations. In love the following circumstances are 

peculiar to the woman. She loves without regard to right or wrong,[58] 

and does not try to gain over a man simply for the attainment of some 

particular purpose. Moreover, when a man first makes up to her she 

naturally shrinks from him, even though she may be willing to unite 

herself with him. But when the attempts to gain her are repeated and 

renewed, she at last consents. But with a man, even though he may have 

begun to love, he conquers his feelings from a regard for morality and 

wisdom, and although his thoughts are often on the woman, he does not 

yield, even though an attempt be made to gain him over. He sometimes 

makes an attempt or effort to win the object of his affections, and 


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