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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... women. One is the delusion that men are in love with them. I have come across many women who, while labouring under a delusion that some man had encouraged them in their feelings, would continue to persecute him in their attentions. This form of female mania is often directed against clergymen. Something that he has said in his sermon will be construed by a woman as affecting her, and perhaps she will write numerous letters to him, until he has no alternative but to communicate with the girl's friends to stop the persecutions. Women who pursue Clergymen.--One typical case I recall. It is that of an elderly lady who repeated to me the oft-told story that a rector of a parish, himself a married man, had been alluding to her in his sermons. Wherever he went she pursued him; every gesture, every word was interpreted by her to mean something. She took copious notes of what he said in his discourses, and gave to such expression her own meaning, until the idea became such au intolerable nuisance that the rector had no alternative but to caution her relatives. In whatever church he preached, there she was found, occupying a conspicuous position among the congregation. She had to be eventually placed in an institution. This is a form of moral insanity, and the victims to it are, as a rule, elderly females of by no means prepossessing appearance. There is a typical class of such cases, and many vicars of large parishes can bear me out in what I now say. But clergymen are not the only victims! A short time ago I saw a lady who entertained the same delusions with reference to a member of Parliament, and persecuted him with her letters, conspicuous by their length. She had favoured me for a very long time with her lengthy effusions relating to this matter,...
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