To E. J. Pfeiffer 26 April 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
I am much obliged for your kindness in writing to me.2 I think it wd. have been an advantage if I had used the word fascination, but I intended to express some such idea when I join to charm admire &c, the word excite.—3
I fear that it wd. be very rash to use the illustration of the snake, as very few naturalists believe in snakes having any such power; though I myself am inclined to be a believer.4
Madam | Your obliged servant | Ch. Darwin
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Pfeiffer, E. J.
- Source of text
- Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Misc. 14)
- Physical description
Thanks for EJP’s suggestion that it is fascination rather than aesthetic appreciation that drives sexual selection.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7719F,” accessed on 27 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7719F