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Such terrible accidents befall the onanist

FLAUBERT

“Such terrible accidents befall the onanist, he went on to say, because he subjects himself to want without being in want, and accedes to the importunities of ‘habit’ and ‘imagination’ rather than of glands. How pervasive had become may be inferred from Flaubert’s own later reflections on the malady he could never bring himself to call by name. Describing its effects some ten years after its onset, he wrote: ‘Madness and lust are two realms I’ve explored so deliberately, though which I’ve charted so willful a course, that I’ll never be (I hope) a lunatic or a Sade. But I’ve paid a price for it. My nervous malady is the scum of these little intellectual pranks. Each attack has been a kind of hemorrhage of innervation.’ The myriad images that flashed through his head like fireworks were, he said, a ‘seminal discharge’ of the brain’s ‘pictorial faculty.'”

Flaubert: A Life

By Frederick Brown

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