It seems to me that Dr. Scholl and his writers hedge their bets in giving advice on Courtship and Matrimony. The recommendations are pretty emphatic but then a little wiggle room for the exception exists.
Those reading this post on a device smaller than a computer may not be able to read the print on the copied page above so I will paraphrase it for you. In summary:
- Dispositions should be studied before falling in love. To do otherwise is blind folly.
- Run around long enough to be sure about the person you are settling on.
- Courtship shouldn’t be rushed.
- Long engagements are a spectacle of the couple getting on each other’s nerves.
- Affinity (vs. aversion?) is essential.
- Don’t marry someone dumber than you.
- Grow up before you get married.
I am sorry to report that a page or two of Sexology seems to be missing, but have no fear there is more information to convey. I was both surprised and concerned to learn the following:
- Courage in a woman is illustrated by how well she cares for her children, especially when the children are ill for “weary hours, days or weeks.”
- The mood determines whether pregnancy occurs, i.e., there will be no conception without “sexual emotion.”
- “Life itself should be a sober hilarity” whatever that means and homes that approach sex with “holy fidelity” . . . prepare children to “dwell in heaven.”
Now that we have all that cleared up we will in the next post move on the section entitled “Can Parents Control the Sex of the Child?” Most parents of teens today would quickly answer, of course not, they will do whatever they decide regarding having sex, but on closer scrutiny, I believe that the advice refers to choosing the sex when a child is conceived.