(45) As some of the Sunday newspapers concentrated on scandalous fare, journalists who considered themselves among the more fastidious deplored, as one put it, the "enlarging with keen relish and elaborate pruriency
upon details that delicacy would eschew.
For Lockhart the pruriency
seems to come from not only an improper physicality titillatingly described but also a gross, non-ethereal immediacy.
(5) It probably promotes continence by diminishing the pruriency
of the sexual appetite.
Dowling also rereads the impetus behind the emasculation metaphors running throughout the Blackwood's attack on the Cockney School, an attack motivated by, in words quoted from Blackwood's, "the emasculated pruriency
" of Leigh Hunt and John Keats (14).
Writers of such tales wanted it both ways--lure readers by an appeal to pruriency
but haul them back to morality by sermonizing conclusions.