Quoted from the author's Chapter1, pp. 6-7.
"A Catholic maid would hardly mention the word "womb" in conversation except under compulsion and with a blush; but she repeats every night in the prayers "Biessed is the fruit of the womb, Jesus." A good Protestant maid would have paralysis of the vocal organs if she tried to say "whore;" but it confronts her in her Bible, and flows sonorously from the lips of her
preachers, over and over again. 'Fornication" has almost dropped out of the dictionary ; but
not out of the Bible.
And these are but a few fragments of a great sex-candor which in earlier ages characterized all religion . An American maid wears a ring or a broach with the name ''mizpah" on It. She thinks, vaguely, that it is a charm, an omenof good luck. What in reality is it?
The learned dictionary sends you, or ought to send you, to the thirty-first chapter of Genesis,
The Hebrew text has been discreetly translated, but you read plainly enough the following story: Jacob, the chosen aen of the Lord, has fled from his father-in-law . stealthily, with all
his goods. Rachel, the chosen of Jacob, has stolen her father's "images:" that is to say, the crude models of sex-organs to which Laban prays for the fertility of his cattle arid wines. Laban follows in pursuit, to recover his precious carvings, and Rachel sweetly sits on them, on her camel, and lies to her father, saying that she has her monthly visitation and cannot rise. So Laban is cheated; and he and Jacob rise up a stone pillar, a rough figure of a penis, and swear on that that sacred object what the will do each other if either misbehaves
again. And that is Mizpah; which the sweet young maid fingers tenderly on her ring on the way to church."