Female sadism  

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"The gifted Henry von Kleist, who was beyond doubt mentally abnormal, gives a masterly portrayal of complete feminine sadism in his " Penthesilea." In scene xxii., Kleist describes his heroine pursuing Achilles in the fire of love, and when he is betrayed into her hands, she tears him with lustful, murderous fury into pieces, and nets her dogs on him : "Tearing the armour from his body, she strikes her teeth in his white breast she and her dogs, the rivals, Oxus and Sphynx they on the right side, she on the left; and as I approached blood dripped from her hands and mouth." And later, when Penthesilea becomes satiated : "Did I kiss him to death? No? Did I not kiss him? Torn in pieces? Then it was a mistake; kissing rhymes with biting [in German, Kiisse, Bisse], and one who loves with the whole heart might easily mistake the one for the other." In recent literature we find the matter frequently treated, but particularly in Sacher-Masoch's novels, of which mention is made later on, and in Ernest von Wildenbruch's Brunhilde, Rachilde's La Marquise de Sade, etc." --Psychopathia Sexualis, Rebman translation

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