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That men of this kind despise women, though a not uncommon belief, is one which hardly appears to be justified. Indeed, though naturally not inclined to 'fall in love' in this direction, such men are by their nature drawn rather near to women, and it would seem that they often feel a singular appreciation and understanding of the emotional needs and destinies of the other sex, leading in many cases to a genuine though what is called 'Platonic' friendship. There is little doubt that they are often instinctively sought after by women, who, without suspecting the real cause, are conscious of a sympathetic chord in the homogenic which they miss in the normal man.

Edward Carpenter

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The closing words form the epitaph engraved on his tombstone:

"Do not think too much of the dead husk of your friend or mourn too much over it but send your thoughts out towards the real soul or self which has escaped — to reach it. During 1886 he had a brief relationship with George Hukin[citation needed] who was employed in the Sheffield razor trade; despite Hukin's subsequent marriage which caused a rift between them the men ultimately formed a close and lifelong friendship. Their remoteness from society allowed Carpenter to indulge in naturism which he believed was a symbol of a life at one with nature.

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