Erkkila suggests that, though "disingenuous," the claim is "not wholly at odds with the amative
, reproductive, and familial languages and contexts in which he expressed loving relationships among and between men.
Fearing that her tones had been forgotten by the town she never forsook, and wondering just how I might interest the rantipole youths and roistering blades of Davenport in their native daughter, I took to decorating the men's rooms of that fair city with obscene graffiti about Octave's amative
The order of nature and gratification of the amative
instincts could be achieved by eliminating the propagative crisis stage.
Suppose, then, it was a time and place--earnestly anticipated and vaguely predicted by Hester Prynne at the end of The Scarlet Letter--in which, in innocence or under the aegis of social reform, anyone could indeed pursue an amative
attachment to anyone else.
Ordinary sexual intercourse," he wrote, "in which the amative
and propagative functions are confounded is a momentary affair, terminating in exhaustion and disgust.