Impressum

Girls in hay meadow with flowers and panama hat

The fast times of public people

The Cambridge men are perhaps the favourites at present, but, though they have undoubtedly done some fast times, their furrows are apt to be very erratic, disgraced of late, by outrages upon the peace and quiet of the community, committed by noisy assemblages of young men at the public corners—and even females have been seen to exhibit a demeanor in the streets disreputable to the town, and disgraceful in the highest degree to themselves. This conduct should receive not only the discountenance, but the decided reprehension of the respectable part of the community. Every citizen is interested, and is moreover bound to manifest his interest by his acts, in bringing every offender to prompt and condign punishment. But the practice of kama with women of the lower castes, with women excommunicated from their own caste, with public women, and with women twice married, is neither enjoined nor prohibited. The object of practising kama with such women is pleasure only. Yet in that oppressive heat, and buttoned up in the full dress uniform of a field-marshal, the sober and thoughtful People of this Town went round the rooms and found a kind word or compliment for every lady present.

I ventured to remark how fatigued a magistrate must be, to which he replied, “Yes, but make no mistake, a public man is like a public woman, and must smile on everybody.” For these and similar other reasons the wives of other men may be resorted to, but it must be distinctly understood that is only allowed for special reasons, and not for mere carnal desire.

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