The art of sound pictures (1930)

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i66 THE ART OF SOUND PICTURES control a man by offering him pleasure, he must be in- duced. He must be convinced that the woman’s power to give him pleasure is greater than his own ability to obtain it in another way. The emotion of active induce- ment on the part of the woman, therefore, is the principal element in captivation. But if she is to feel erotic excite- ment in the process of attracting man, she must also wish to be controlled by her prospective captive, at least to the extent where he fixes and holds her captivation powers on himself. The woman must feel an irresistible urge to capture some particular man and to exercise upon him the utmost of her inducement power. This is one form of submission. She wishes to induce him at the same time that she feels compelled to submit to his attraction for her. The resulting combination of inducement and submission gives the erotic quality to the compound emo- tional state, just as it does in the case of passion. In the emotion we are now considering, however, inducement is more active and compelling, constituting the' controlling element of captivation. One of the oldest techniques which women have em- ployed in this process is the “come-chase-me” attitude, a primitive form of coquetry. A girl runs away from a man, expressing by this act the apparent relationship of being weaker than her pursuer. Yet, she manages always to keep just out of his reach. This indicates, as a matter of fact, that it is she who possesses the superior strength. The longer the man pursues, and the more successfully the woman eludes him, the more passionate does the pur- suing male become. The moment the woman surrenders,' she confesses her- self weaker than the man. His magnetic attraction has