From woman, who e're she be, there seems to emanate a potency ineffable to man,—impalpable, invisible, divine. It lies not in beauty or grace, not
even in manner or mein; and it requires neither wiles nor artifice. It
is not the growth of long and intimate acquaintance, for often it acts
spontaneously and at once; and neither the woman who possesses it nor
the man who succumbs to it can give it a name.

For to say that it consists in the effluence or influence of personality or temperament, of affinity or passion, of sympathy or charm, is to say nothing save
that we know not what it is. All unknown to herself, it wraps its owner
round with airs the which to breathe uplifts the spirit, and yet, may
be, perturbs the heart, of man. Even its effects are recondite and
obscure. It allures; but how it allures now man shall tell. It impels;
but to what, does not appear. It rouses all manner of hopes, stirs
sleeping ambition, and desires and aspirations unappeasable; but for
what purport or to what end, none stays to inquire . It incites;
sometimes it enthralls.

It innervates; it exhaults. Under its spell, reason is flung to the winds, and matters of great mundane moment are
trivial and of no account: for it bewilders the wit and snatches the
judgment of sane and rational men. It is most powerful in youth; it is
most powerful upon youth; yet some retain it till far on in years, and
no age but feels its sway:—a veiled and mysterious force; sometimes
daemonical, often divine: at once the delight and the despair of man.
After all,

The man who declares he understands women, declares his folly. For, If woman were not such a mystery, she would not be such an attraction.vers. The simple fact is that Womanliness is the supreme attraction, in however fair or however frail a personality it is embodied.

And The sacred function of all womanhood is to kindle in man the divine spark
by means of the mystic flame that burns ever in the vestal breast.


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