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The Eroticism of Fat Men

To the belief that carnal knowledge neutered when it didn’t kill

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“To the belief that carnal knowledge neutered when it didn’t kill, his eyesight testified most eloquently. The terror and fascination exercised upon him by women—Medusas who held him fixed in their gaze, leaving him paralysed, dumbstruck, blinded, or bent under a magnetic ‘weight’—recall the aura of epileptic seizures, which he often described as filling his eyes with flame before bringing him to his knees and rendering him speechless. One pathology heightened another. But in voyeuristic ceremonies of the kind he experienced or pictured fictionally, his own eyes supervised an emotional distance that gave him power as the unseen seer.”

Flaubert: A Life

By Frederick Brown

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