There are exceptions to the rule that all male masturbators are shy with regard to the female sex, and at all times. It is true that the majority are so in the earlier periods of their vice, and as long as definitive mental disease has not set in. In some cases where such disease has become established, a sudden transformation from bashfulness to brazen effrontery, and from timidity to bold, insulting and lascivious demeanour, is noticed. These patients exaggerate the characteristic, so happily drawn by Oliver Goldsmith in “She Stoops to Conquer,” of a certain class of men who are heroes before barmaids and cowards before refined females. In exceptional instances, the masturbatic lunatic is as brutally indecent to those of a higher as to those of a lower station. Godding relates a case of this kind in graphic language in his “Two Hard Cases.”
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