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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

discoveries, affirmed clearly and repeatedly the charm of parity. After 

remarking that painters tend to delineate the figures that resemble 

themselves he adds that men also fall in love with and marry those who 

resemble themselves; "_chi s'innamora voluntieri s'innamorano de cose a 

loro simiglianti_," he elsewhere puts it.[171] But from that day to this, 

it would seem Leonardo's statements have remained unknown or unnoticed. 

Bernardin de Saint-Pierre said that "love is the result of contrasts," and 

Schopenhauer affirmed the same point very decisively; various scientific 

and unscientific writers have repeated this statement.[172] 

 

So far as stature is concerned, there appears to be very little reason to 

suppose that this "charm of disparity" plays any notable part in 

constituting the sexual ideals of either men or women. Indeed, it may 

probably be affirmed that both men and women seek tallness in the person 

to whom they are sexually attracted. Darwin quotes the opinion of Mayhew 

that among dogs the females are strongly attracted to males of large 

size.[173] I believe this is true, and it is probably merely a particular 

instance of a general psychological tendency. 

 

It is noteworthy as an indication of the direction of the sexual 

ideal in this matter that the heroines of male novelists are 

rarely short and the heroes of female novelists almost invariably 

tall. A reviewer of novels addressing to lady novelists in the 

_Speaker_ (July 26, 1890) "A Plea for Shorter Heroes," publishes 

statistics on this point. "Heroes," he states, "are longer this 

year than ever. Of the 192 of whom I have had my word to say 

since October of last year, 27 were merely tall, and 11 were only 

slightly above the middle height. No less than 85 stood exactly 

six feet in their stocking soles, and the remainder were 

considerably over the two yards. I take the average to be six 

feet three." 

 

As a slight test alike of the supposed "charm of disparity" as 

well as of the general degree in which tall and short persons are 

sought as mates by those of the opposite sex I have examined a 

series of entries in the _Round-About_, a publication issued by a 

club, of which the president is Mr. W.T. Stead, having for its 

object the purpose of promoting correspondence, friendship, and 

marriage between its members. There are two classes, of entries, 

one inserted with a view to "intellectual friendship," the other 

with a view to marriage. I have not thought it necessary to 

recognize this distinction here; if a man describes his own 

physical characteristics and those of the lady he would like as a 

friend, I assume that, from the point of view of the present 

inquiry, he is much on the same footing as the man who seeks a 

wife. In the series of entries which I have examined 35 men and 

women state approximately the height of the man or woman they 


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