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In his essay On Some Lines of Virgil Montaigne assays the nature of affairs of love entered into by women and men relating the nature of the body and soul to that of language He discusses things from the importance of training the soul to the ability of women to be as infidel as men Throughout his essay he maintains the outlook that bodily pleasure in mediation should not be forsaken because of the soul For it is as they say right the body should never follow its appetites to the prejudice of the soul Why is it not right then that the soul should not follow hers to the prejudice of the body Page 324The relationship of the soul to the body is seen as one of a student and teacher with the roles interchanging as it is considered necessary Montaigne says we need our souls to be instructed in the way of doing good and keeping away evil but that this must be done in moderation -- lest you drive her the soul mad Page 261 He even says that he allows himself time for lascivious thoughts for this purposeAt times however it is necessary for the soul to take the instructor role to keep the body in line Montaigne makes an example of saints inflicting great pain on their bodies by denying it of certain pleasures to perfect their souls Their bodies he says could have had little to do with this it was more their bodies following behind their souls page 323In Montaignes eyes it is unjust to prejudice the soul toward bodily pleasures in this manner These pleasures are natural and should therefore be enjoyed in moderation not completely avoided Resistance instead should be employed against unnatural pleasures page 322Since sex is a natural pleasure it fits into the category of things to be enjoyed in moderation Montaigne makes a point of including an age limit on those like himself
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