Nationalizing philosophy as French, and constructing the French in terms of an excessive and deviant sexuality, anti-Jacobin discourse yoked the Revolution with sex in such a resonant way that, by 1798, Mathias could easily deploy, in metaphoric terms, the threat of the "lawless lustihood
" of French radicals who, in their "orgies of blood and lust," "neigh after the constitutions of their neighbours" and "deflower the purity of the struggling or half-consenting victims" (15).
Long love requires intensity, alertness, and discipline: "a peculiar sensibility and tenderness of nature; a constitutional communicativeness and utterancy of heart and soul; a delight in the detail of sympathy, in the outward and visible signs of the sacrament within--to count, as it were, the pulses of the life of love." But more than these qualities of the senses, of language, of keen watchfulness, and of the capacity for delight, love "supposes a soul," an enduring force that outrides "the summer-tide of life," "the lustihood
of health and strength." These qualities are rare to begin with, and beyond that must be carefully cultivated, explaining why in a world full of greed and self-promotion few men or women experience true and enduring love and most must find other consolations.