I know well all the mistakes you may make. I know, too, that if you love you will write in rose-coloured ink in the column of good, and in that of evil you will use the blackest. But in any case this work of analysis, this labour of detailed examination will, without your being aware of it, oblige you to consider many elements which otherwise you would [Pg xviii] have passed over, just as if you had had recourse to a microscope of great power instead of to your eyes.
Ma must be studied with the eyes first; with the microscope after; yes, even with the telescope. The eyes will enable us to see the principal part of the problem; the microscope will show all the ins and outs of our love; it will reveal all its cells and all its fibres; and lastly, the telescope will give us the power of seeing, prophetically, as it were, what will befall our passion and desire in the evolution of time.
Then, if, after using eyes, microscope, and telescope, you also read my book, you will find there the sincere and dispassionate words of a man who became a an that [Pg xix] he might study mankind better; who began by studying himself, as being the subject ever at hand; who to this daily incessant study has devoted forty-six large volumes not yet printed.
Listen to the voice of a man who has made woman his study, her to be the better part of humanity, and has loved her more than all the creatures upon earth, believing her to be the first and greatest source of happiness. I know that, even after having applied Franklin’s method to the study of the problem of matrimony, even after having used eyes, microscope, and tel, and read my book, you may yet make a mistake; but your conscience will always be [Pg xx] free from any remorse, in knowing that, as far as you were able, you did all that was possible to secure happiness.